Arrested Indian fishermen released
Nine Indian fishermen arrested by the Navy for straying into Sri
Lankan waters on June 20 were freed by courts yesterday.
Kankesanthurai Judicial Magistrate Gajapathy Balan ordered the
release of the fishermen from Akkaraipettai village near Nagapattinam
when they were produced before him, Fisheries Ministry sources said.
The fishermen had put out to sea in a mechanised boat on June 16.
While fishing off Kodiakarai coast, they were taken into custody by
The fishermen had strayed into Sri Lankan waters pushed by heavy
After advising them not to venture into the sea if the winds were
strong, the magistrate released them, Fisheries Department Assistant
Director Vivekanandan said.