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Sri Lanka frees 29 Indian fishermen, more to be released soon

ANI  |  New Delhi 

29 Indian fishermen have been freed by and the process to release the remaining continues in various magistrates' courts in underway.

According to reports, 29 fishermen were freed by Trincomalee magistrate, and the process to issue release orders of 14 more is underway in Jaffna

Earlier, 55 fishermen were freed by local courts of the country. government had decided earlier this week to free 106 Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture on the festive occasion of Pongal.

The fishermen will be send back home later this week after all of them are released, however, the courts have not released their captured vessels.

The fishermen were caught by Sri Lankan Navy on charges of violating the maritime boundary and poaching in Sri Lankan waters.

First Published: Tue, January 19 2016. 14:26 IST