A Sri Lankan court docket has freed 26 Indian fishermen arrested by the Lankan navy for allegedly fishing in its waters, officers mentioned on Wednesday.
Nonetheless, the court docket ordered for the “nationalisation” of the 4 mechanised boats and different gear siezed through the arrest of the fishermen, the officers mentioned.
22 fishermen hailing from Tamil Nadu’s Rameswaram and 4 from Puthukottai, arrested final month, have been ordered to be launched by the court docket.
The court docket additionally cautioned the fishermen in opposition to getting into the nation’s waters (illegally) sooner or later and warned of two years’ imprisonment, if caught.
Native fishermen associations opposed the detention of the boats and gear, saying they have been the only technique of livelihood for the individuals involved.
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