“I have been yearning to see my son; God has answered my prayers. “Rajapaksavukku Koodana Kodi Nandri” (many thanks to Rajapaksa). It was the gratefulness extended by a mother (Ms. Infanta) of a fisherman, released by President Mahinda Rajapaksa as a goodwill gesture on Indian Prime Minister-designate Mr. Narendra Modi's swearing in ceremony. Ms. Infanta is the mother of the released Indian fisherman J. Langlet.
The Government released the last five Indian fishermen so that there are no more Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan prisons facing charges of trespassing.
Accordingly, P. Emerson (39), P. Augustin (32), R. Wilson (42), K. Prasad (32) and J. Langlet (22) of Thangachimadam near Rameswaram were released as the final batch of the Indian fishermen in the custody in Sri Lanka.
U. Arulanandham, president of the Alliance for the Release of Innocent Fishermen, and fishermen leaders P. Sesu Raja and N. J. Bose hoped the gesture would pave the way for release of all Indian fishermen from Pakistani and Sri Lankan jails.
President Rajapaksa in March this year (2014) also released Indian fishermen and their boats when India abstained from voting for the resolution against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council for the first time citing that the resolution is against the principles of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The President released 98 Indian fishermen and 28 Indian boats as a good will gesture to India for abstaining votes against Sri Lanka.
In March, 2012 India was among 24 countries that voted against Sri Lanka at the session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The UN's top human rights body has passed a resolution, sponsored by the US, for 'promoting reconciliation and accountability' in Sri Lanka after the country concluded the thirty year conflict of terrorism.
Sri Lanka had released several batches of Indian fishermen time to time.
Thalaimannar Magistrate's Court on 28 February 2012 released the 22 Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy on February 26 for fishing in the Sri Lankan waters near the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL).
Indian officials from Tamil Nadu contacted the Indian missions in Colombo and Jaffna to secure the fishermen's release along with the five boats seized by the Sri Lankan Navy.
The fishermen who were produced before Thalaimannar Magistrate's Court were released after the court accepted a flea.
The fishermen were handed over to the Sri Lankan Navy which will hand them over to the Indian Coast Guard at the IMBL.
The Thalaimannar Magistrate Court again in July 2012 released ten Indian fishermen arrested by the Sri Lanka Navy. The fishermen who were produced before the Court have been released after the court accepted a flea.
The Navy arrested the fishermen, who have reportedly crossed the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and were fishing in the Sri Lankan waters, along with their two trawlers and handed them over to Thalaimannar police. They had been remanded in the Thalaimannar prison.
Also, a group of 40 Tamil Nadu fishermen, who were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy on December 04 2012 while they were poaching in Sri Lankan waters in the Eastern Sea, were released by the Trincomalee Magistrate on 10 December, 2012.