Despite inclement weather, the fishermen from Tamil Nadu were swiftly repatriated from two locations on International Maritime Boundary Line onboard two ships and later handed over to state authorities, a Coast Guard release said in Chennai.
India will also release 36 Lankan fishermen as a humanitarian gesture, an official said.
They have been handed over to the fisheries inspection offices in Jaffna and Mannar, the Sri Lankan Navy said.
The Tamil Nadu fishermen belong to Nagapattinam, Pudukottai, Tuticorin and Ramanathapuram districts were arrested and lodged in jails in Sri Lanka between September 22 and October 14 this year.
Before 1947, the phrase “neighbouring country” stood for Sri Lanka and, some distance away, Burma. Pakistan and Bangladesh are latter-day neighbours.
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“This is the seventh instance of arrest and remand of innocent fishermen from Tamil Nadu by the Sri Lankan Navy within a span of three weeks,” she said expressing shock.
The project is funded by India and implemented through a MoU with Sri Lanka.
The fishermen from Tamil Nadu were later taken to Kankesanthurai in the island nation.
The assessment revealed that Tharindu Kaushal’s Doosra was found to exceed the 15-degree level.
Over 180 people displaced by the earth slip have been accommodated temporarily, National Disaster Management Centre officials said.
The Navy said it assisted the Sri Lankan coastal guards in the seas off Kovilan Point to nab the fishermen last night.
Sri Lanka accuses fishermen from Tamil Nadu of straying into their territorial waters, while the latter maintain they are only fishing in their traditional areas, especially around Katchatheevu, an islet ceded to Colombo in 1974.
The Sri Lankan government has not yet committed itself to the OISL recommendations, but its response, appended to the report, does not argue against them either.
Zeid Raad al-Hussein pointed to horrific abuses during the conflict, including torture, executions, and sexual abuse by security forces, as well as suicide attacks, assassinations and recruitment of child soldiers by rebels.