SL to release Indian fishermen arrested for drug trafficking

The fishing community and fishermen leaders are elated at reports from Sri Lanka that all 14 fishermen from Tamil Nadu, who were arrested on charges of drug trafficking, will be released.

U. Arulanandham, president of the Alliance for the Release of Innocent Fishermen (ARIF), quoting his sources in Colombo, said the Sri Lankan authorities were taking steps to release all 14 fishermen after President Mahinda Rajapaksa ordered their release, as a goodwill gesture, ahead of his visit to India to attend the swearing-in of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister.

As the fishermen were arrested on specific charges and their cases were pending before different courts, they were likely to be freed early next week, after the court formalities were completed, he said.

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