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Sri Lanka to release all fishermen to mark India's Independence Day

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 - 8:11pm IST | Place: COLOMBO | Agency: PTI

In yet another goodwill gesture, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today ordered the release of all Indian fishermen in its custody on the occasion of India's Independence Day. "On the occasion of India's Independence Day, President Rajapaksa orders the release of Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody," a tweet on Rajapaksa's twitter handle said.

This is to be a measure of goodwill marking the Independence Day of India falling on August 15, Rajapaksa's office said. A total of 93 fishermen from Tamil Nadu are in Sri Lankan custody currently, the Colombo Page reported.
Sri Lanka has released 225 Indian fishermen since the Narendra Modi government took over in May this year.

The fishermen issue continues to be a major irritant in the Indo-Lanka ties. Late last month, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa wrote to Prime Minister Modi urging him to take immediate steps to get all 93 fishermen released along with 62 boats that were confiscated by the Sri Lankan navy.

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