Lanka to release detained TN fishermen

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Chennai, Nov 4 (UNI) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has ordered the release of fishermen from Tamil Nadu who were taken into custody by the Lankan Navy after reportedly straying into its territorial waters.

An official press release here today said it was learnt from the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commissioner the fishermen from Nagapattinam District of the State had been ordered to be released.

This had become possible due to the timely intervention by State Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, the release claimed, adding they were expected to be released soon.

About 100 fishermen had set off in 17 boats off the Nagapattinam Coast yesterday. They were detained by the Sri Lankan Navy for straying into the their territorial waters.

On learning about the incident, Mr Karunanidhi spoke to Union Minister of State External Affairs E Ahamed and requested him to take steps for securing the fishermen's release.

The Ministry got in touch with its Sri Lankan counterpart. After verifying with the Sri Lankan Navy, the island authorities reverted to the MEA and assured them that the fishermen would be released after completion of formalities.

UNI

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