India hands over 16 Sinhala fishermen to SL Navy

[TamilNet, Friday, 25 February 2011, 00:11 GMT]
16 Sinhala fishermen from Puththa'lam who had been imprisoned by the Indian coast guard one month ago have been handed over to Sri Lanka Navy Wednesday. The move comes after the recent release of Tamil Nadu fishermen who were seized by the fishermen from Vadamaraadchi and Maathakal in Jaffna.

Sri Lankan Navy handed over the 16 Sinhala fishermen, who were released with their boats and fishing equipments, to Mannaar Police and were brought to Mannaar District Court.

The fishermen were taken to medical check-up and were released.

In the meantime, Sri Lankan foreign employment minister Dilan Perera told media Thursday that Indian Navy has offered assistance to Colombo to evacuate 1,200 persons from the island employed in Libya, where Muammar Gaddafi was fighting the latest uprising, causing thousands to flee in a mass exodus.



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