Sri Lanka has released 40 Indian fishermen on Wednesday. The fishermen had been detained in the island nation for the last two months on charges of trespassing into Sri Lankan territorial waters.
The Mannar Magistrate court and the Magistrate Court in Point Pedro ordered the release of 40 Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody.
This gesture was taken in view of Indian Independence Day anniversary which falls on August 15, the Sri Lanka government said.
The 14 Rameswaram fishermen were produced before the Mannar court and the rest were produced before the Point Pedro court, the Sri Lanka government said.
The Sri Lankan Navy handed over 40 Indian fishermen released by Sri Lanka to the Indian Coast Guard.