COLOMBO: The 126 fishermen from Tamil Nadu who were released by the Sri Lankan government on Monday, are likely to be repatriated to India on Friday, the Indian Consul General in Jaffna, A.Natarajan, said.
“The sea is too choppy for immediate repatriation,” Natarajan told Express.
The Attorney General’s decision to withdraw the cases against the fishermen, including 10 persons against whom there were assault charges, was communicated to the relevant authorities in the Northern Province. But only 116 were actually released on Monday. The ten men against whom there were assault charges could not be released because the court at Palai had not received the necessary communication. The formalities are expected to be completed on Tuesday and the ten men will be released immediately.
The released fishermen would be under the care of the Indian Consulate General in Jaffna till repatriation.