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Rajapaksa orders release of all Indian fishermen

This is the second instance when Sri Lanka is releasing Indian fishermen arrested by the navy for alleged poaching

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

President Mahinda Rajapaksaon Sunday ordered the release of all Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody as a goodwill gesture ahead of his visit to to attend the swearing-in of Prime Minister-designate

This is the second instance when 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.

In March, Rajapaksa had ordered the release of arrested fishermen after abstained from voting on an anti-motion at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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 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.

First Published: Sun, May 25 2014. 15:45 IST
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