(PTI) Colombo, Ta. 3

A Sri Lankan court has ordered the release of six Indian fishermen captured by the Sri Lankan Navy. The Sri Lankan Navy has arrested Indian fishermen for allegedly fishing in Sri Lankan waters.

A court in the northern Jaffna peninsula has ordered the release of Indian fishermen caught in the sea south of Mannar in mid-December.

The Indian High Commissioner in Colombo said on Twitter that he was happy to learn that the Sri Lankan cartel had ordered the release of the Indian fishermen.

On the other hand, Union External Affairs Minister Jaishankar said that the effort of High Commissioner Gopal Baglay and the team to ensure the release of the fishermen is commendable.

Sri Lankan officials as well as Indian diplomatic sources have confirmed the release of the fishermen. According to sources, no Indian fisherman is now in custody in Sri Lanka after the order of the Sri Lankan court.

The order was issued by a Sri Lankan court at a time when Indian authorities were appealing for the release of Indian fishermen on humanitarian grounds in view of Sri Lanka’s demand for financial assistance. It is noteworthy that India had recently announced financial assistance to Sri Lanka.