Hyderabad: Thirty-five Sri Lankan fishermen,
arrested on charges of illegal fishing in Indian waters off
Andhra Pradesh coast and released after their cases were
disposed off, are awaiting repatriation orders so that they
can embark on a journey back home.
"The Sri Lankan fishermen were apprehended over a period
of time by the Coast Guard under different cases and produced
before courts in Visakhapatnam and other cities. They were
convicted and asked to pay fines which they did and were later
released," Marine Police officials said today.
The 35 fishermen are now staying in rented accommodation
in Kakinada town of East Godavari district, along with their
nine boats since the last week of July. All of them are now
free after facing conviction wherein they paid the fine
amounts. However, they are under surveillance, they said.
"We are waiting for repatriation orders from the Ministry
of External Affairs and Home Ministry and after getting the
same they would be handed over to Coast Guard and sent back to
Sri Lanka," a senior Marine police officer told PTI over phone