President Mahinda Rajapaksaon Sunday ordered the release of all Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody as a goodwill gesture ahead of his visit to India to attend the swearing-in of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi.
This is the second instance when Sri Lanka is releasing Indian fishermen arrested by the navy for alleged poaching.
Rajapaksa ordered the release of all Indian fishermen prior to his visit to New Delhi, a presidential spokesman said.
However, Sri Lankan fisheries ministry officials could not indicate the number of Indian fishermen currently in detention.
India was one of the 12 nations that abstained from voting on the UNHRC resolution, which prescribed an international probe into Sri Lanka's alleged rights abuses.
India had previously backed two similar resolutions against Sri Lanka moved by the United States.
Sri Lanka's relation with India had soured during the government led by Congress. Analysts here say Rajapaksa appears very keen to mend ties with his neighbour with the advent of Modi.