78 Head to Lanka from Puzhal Prison
By C Shivakumar | Published: 22nd January 2014 07:57 AM |
Seventy eight Sri Lankan fishermen, who spent more than two months in Puzhal prison, sailed from Chennai coast, back home.
Sixty-one fishermen sailed in Indian Coastguard ship Samudra Pahredar on Tuesday while 17 of them took the sea route from Kasimedu fishing harbour in four fishing boats that were seized by the coastguard.
“The Sri Lankan fishermen will be released in exchange for the release of our fishermen,” a coastguard official, who is accompanying the crew said.
Their departure was delayed by more than eight hours due to lack of provisions like diesel and batteries. The harbour also witnessed anxious fish owners who had flown from Sri Lanka and stayed in Chennai in a bid to free their fishing boats.
The fishermen, who were released by Tamil Nadu police, were all praise for the food at Puzhal jail. Pathun, a tenth standard dropout who was arrested on November 23, said the taste of the food in prison still lingers on. He said in broken Hindi that Lankan fishermen come to India to catch big fish.