Colombo, (Agencies): Sri Lanka on Friday released 136 Indian fishermen who were apprehended for allegedly poaching in this country's waters, a day after India conveyed its deep concern over their detention and sought their release.

Following a court order Sri Lankan authorities have released Indian fishermen along with their boats.

They will be escorted to Indian maritime border by the Sri Lankan Navy later this afternoon, a defence official said.

The move followed a high-level meeting between the Sri Lankan defence official and Indian diplomats in Colombo.

Out of the 136 Indian fishermen, 112 were caught last Tuesday by a group of local fishermen and handed over to the police there.

The arrests had triggered protests in Tamil Nadu where over 5,000 DMK workers, including party MPs Kanimozhi and T K S Elangovan, had been arrested when they tried to take out a rally to the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission.

India reacted positively to the decision.

"Today I got the message from (Sri Lankan External Affairs Minister G L) Peiris that all the 136 fishermen have been released and Sri Lankan government has very successfully intervened and instructed the Attorney General of Sri Lanka and his subordinates to facilitate the release," Krishna told reporters.

Krishna said though India was happy, at the same time he has a "very special appeal" to make to the fishermen of Tamil Nadu and other regions that they should confine themselves to
the Indian waters instead of straying into Sri Lankan waters leading to such abrasions.

"I am glad that the episode has ended to our satisfaction. I would like to thank Sri Lankan government for their gesture," the Minister said.