19 fishermen freed from Sri Lanka reach Chennai

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  • Sri Lankan Navy arrested Indian fishermen
  • Indian fishermen released amid dispute over Katchatheevu island
  • The Sri Lankan Navy had confirmed the arrest last month

Around 19 Indian fishermen detained by the Sri Lankan Navy were released on Wednesday and sent back to India. Indian High Commission has given this information. While sharing the post on the social media platform Twitter (X), the Indian High Commission wrote, ‘Homecoming! 19 Indian fishermen have been brought back from Sri Lanka and are now on their way to Chennai from Colombo. It is noteworthy that the release of 19 Indian fishermen comes amid the ongoing controversy over the Katchatheevu island issue, when India’s ruling party, BJP, has accused the Congress of handing over the small island to Sri Lanka in 1974.

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Notably, the Sri Lankan Navy had confirmed in a statement late last month that it had seized 23 Indian trawlers and 178 Indian fishermen for fishing in its territorial waters in 2024 and handed them over to the authorities for legal action. Had handed over.

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