Colombo (Agencies): Sri Lanka is likely to grant bail to over 100 Indian fishermen who have been detained by Lankan police.

Sri Lanka's Deputy minister of External Affairs, Neomal Perera said on Wednesday that the fishermen will be produced before a magisterial court. "This is a bailable offence," he said.

The Deputy minister said relevant authorities have been instructed to make necessary arrangements to produce the arrested fishermen before a magistrate since courts in the country are closed on Wednesday following a public holiday.

The Indian fishermen were intercepted by Sri Lankan fishermen off the coast of Point Pedro in the north, and were handed over to the police.

Diplomatic efforts have been underway since then to get the fishermen released.

DMK protests

Senior DMK leaders, including party's Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi in Chennai took out a rally to mark their protest on the alleged abduction of the Indian fishermen. They were later arrested by the police on Wednesday.

According to police, others detained were Lok Sabha MP TKS Elangovan and party's senior functionaries besides scores of DMK workers.

The DMK activists tried to take out a rally to the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission here in connection with the Tuesday's incident.

Earlier, Kanimozhi slammed the Sri Lankan government for the incident and demanded immediate release of the fishermen.