Spokesperson of the MEA, Syed Akbaruddin tweeted: "66 Indian fishermen released by Sri Lanka set sail for home. To reach Indian coast by night."

Among them  27 are from Nagapattinam, 19 from Pudukottai, 12 from Rameswaram and eight from Karaikal in the union territory of Puducherry.

They were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy on different dates for allegedly fishing in Lankan waters. Their release was ordered after a Ramanathapuram District Judicial Magistrate ordered the release of 12 Sri Lankan fishermen who were arrested September 30, along with their two boats.

Meanwhile, 28 other Indian fishermen were also released from the Lankan jail after a court's order.


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