The Trincomalee Magistrate’s Court today ordered the release of 31 Indian fishermen, arrested by the Sri Lanka Navy for crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line.
They were arrested on July 30th in Eastern seas and handed over to police for further action.
They were produced before the Trincomalee Magistrate U.L.D. Arshad who ordered the release of the fishermen.
Meanwhile, Union shipping Minister G.K. Vasan told that two special officers would be sent to the Indian Embassy in Sri Lanka to facilitate the release of Indian fishermen.
He added that the embassy is extending all help to the fishermen jailed in Sri Lanka.
Deputy Minister of Fisheries Sarath Kumara Gunarathna said Indian fishing vessels which cross the International Maritime Boundary Lines of Sri Lanka and Indian vessels fishing in Sri Lankan territorial waters illegally will be confiscated.
He said that strict measures will be taken against Indian vessels poaching in Sri Lankan seas.