80 Indian fishermen released from the Sri Lankan custody recently have been repatriated with the assistance by the Sri Lanka Navy. Four of them were rescued by the Sri Lanka Navy while drowning in northern seas on 31st of August.
The others had been arrested for trespassing into the Sri Lankan territorial waters and engaging in illegal fishing activities. The 76 Indian fishermen were apprehended on separate occasions by the Sri Lanka Navy and Coast Guard for engaging in the illegal fishing method of bottom trawling in the Sri Lankan territorial waters. The repatriated Indian fishermen were handed over to the Indian Coast Guard Ship 'Sarang' at the International Maritime Boundary Line north of Kankasanthurai this evening.