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Indian Coast Guard to hand over 17 fishermen to Sri Lankan Navy tomorrow

Monday, 31 March 2014 - 2:47pm IST | Agency: ANI

Indian Coast Guard will hand over 17 Sri Lankan fishermen released from jail and their 10 boats to Sri Lankan Navy at the international maritime boundary line on Tuesday.

This move comes after President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapakse ordered the release of Indian fishermen who had been detained for poaching on Friday.

Rajapakse asked officials to immediately release all fishermen who had been arrested for allegedly violating the island's territorial waters.

It was a goodwill gesture Rajapakse as India had abstained from voting for the U.S.-backed resolution seeking probe into Sri Lankan war crimes at the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday.

Although, India refrained from voting against its neighbour, the resolution was passed with the support of 23 nations. 

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