Five Sri Lankan fishermen imprisoned in Andaman Islands released

Nov 03, Colombo: Five Sri Lankan fishermen who were in the Indian prison in Andaman Islands for more than a year have been released as per the local media.

The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources has reportedly said that measures have been taken to bring the fishermen home within the next few days.

The Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said Monday that the government will take diplomatic measures to get Indian authorities to promptly free the six Sri Lankan fishermen and their boat detained in the Andaman Islands.

A senior official from the Sri Lankan High Commission in Chennai has travelled to the Andaman Islands to bring the freed fishermen to Chennai.

The official is to hold discussions with the authorities of the Andaman Islands to get the other prisoned Sri Lankan fishermen released along with their boats.

The Minister has explained that the government has to deal with the authorities of the arresting state of India according to their laws to get the fishermen who violate maritime laws and cross into their territory, released.

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