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16 fishermen in protective custody

By Dinidu de Alwis
Sixteen Sri Lankan fishermen, who were released by Indian authorities, have been taken into protective custody till July 1 after being produced in Mannar Magistrate Courts, Police spokesperson SP Prishantha Jayakody said.
The arrest was made by the Kankesanthurai Police Station, after the fishermen were handed over to them by the Navy in keeping with normal practice, Navy spokesperson Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya said.
The fishermen and three fishing boats were handed over to the Navy officials by the Indian Coast Guard Ship, ICGS Habbah Khatun, at the Indo-Sri Lanka International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) in the seas north of Kankasanthurai, the Navy official website said.
The early release of these fishermen and the fishing boats by Indian authorities comes as a direct result of speedy efforts made by the Sri Lankan Government, Ministry of Fisheries and the Sri Lanka Navy, the website added.