President Mahinda Rajapaksa ordered the officials to take immediate steps to release Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody. This gesture was taken in view of Indian Independence Day anniversary which falls on August 15.
Accordingly, 95 Indian fishermen will be released under the President’s instruction. Consequently, there are no more Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan prisons facing charges of trespassing.
India celebrates its 68th Independence Day this year and it will be the first independence celebrations under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
President Rajapaksa has also included this message of release order in his tweeter page.
The President took action to release Indian fishermen several times in recent history. Accordingly, five Indian fishermen in custody in Colombo were released as a “goodwill gesture” on Indian Prime Minister-designate Mr. Narendra Modi's swearing in ceremony in may 2014.
Also, the President on June 03 ordered the release of the 29 Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture to India.