Sri Lankan court frees 12 Indian fishermen

A Sri Lankan court has released 12 Indian fishermen who were detained for allegedly fishing in the island nation's territorial waters and India's High Commission here is taking steps for their early return to Tamil Nadu.The fishermen, who have been released by the country's northern Mannar court, were detained by the Sri Lankan Navy December 19.

"12 Indian fishermen detained in Mannar on 19th December, 2021, have been released by Mannar court today. @CGJaffna provided them with the legal assistance by representing their cases in the court & facilitated their early release," India's Consulate in Jaffna said on Twitter.

Earlier, the High Commission of India here said on Twitter that it was "happy to learn from our lawyer in Mannar that 13 Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu are being released". It said that "soon after the court verdict, our official from @CGJaffna met with the #Indian fishermen and offered sweets. We are taking steps for early return".