Verdict spurs widespread protests, road and rail traffic affected.
The five Indians are among a group of eight people sentenced to death by the high court in Colombo.
The fishermen would be brought to Rameswaram by the Coast Guard personnel by evening, Kennedy said.
Lankan Navy personnel arrested 11 fishermen while they were fishing in the sea between Katchatheevu and Neduntheevu in the wee hours Tuesday.
Indian fisherman repatriated, received by Indian Coast Guard near Indo-Lankan maritime border.
Lankan Navy in a slew of arrests, 73 Indian fisherman behind the bars for allegedly poaching into the country’s water.
They also seized six mechanised boats, he further said, adding that the fishermen and the boats have also been taken to Talaimannar.
Arrest comes days after Rajapaksa ordered release of all detained fishermen in a goodwill gesture ahead of Modi’s swearing-in.
Talks between India and Sri Lanka on fishermen issue had ended in deadlock early last month and negotiators are scheduled to meet again this month.
Indian fishermen had gone against the January bilateral fishing that led to arrest of them.
300 members of All Mechanised Boat Owners Association demanded the release of its fishermen and boats seized by the Sri Lankan Navy.
India will continue to engage with Sri Lanka to get fishermen released from Lankan prisons.
Jayalalithaa alleged that strong diplomatic action was not being taken by the Government to curb such repeated instances of attack.
In Lok Sabha, Speaker Meira Kumar could not conduct Question Hour due to a pandemonium and adjourned the House till 12 noon.
AAP leader Prashant Bhushan Sunday said the party always supported the cause of peoples movement against nuclear energy at Kudankulam and would always be with the people. Addressing members of Peoples Movement Against Nuclear Energy at Idinthakarai near the Kundankulam Nuclear Power Plant,Bhushan assured his partys support to the ongoing agitation against KNPP. We always […]