13 TN fishermen return home from Sri Lanka

The fishermen, who put to sea in four boats, were arrested on January 11 when they were fishing off Kodiakarai coast.

Updated: Jan 14, 2012, 17:33 PM IST

Nagapattinam(TN): The 13 fishermen from
Nagapattinam, who were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy on
January 11 for allegedly fishing in Lankan waters, returned
here today following their release, officials said.

The fishermen, who put to sea in four boats, were
arrested on January 11 when they were fishing off Kodiakarai
coast and taken to Trincomalee port in Sri Lanka.

All of them were freed yesterday noon and reached here
early morning travelling in their fishing boats, officials
said.

It was an emotional reunion for the fishermen as family
members had gathered at the Nagapattinam port in large numbers
to welcome them.

Collector T Munusamy and Superintendent of Police G Ramar
adorned them with shawls and interacted with them.

The released fishermen thanked authorities for the swift
action in securing their release.

PTI