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India releases three Lankan trawlers

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Three fishing trawlers arrested by the Indian Coast Guard for fishing in the Indian territorial waters were released on Saturday.

Strengthening the maritime bond between the two countries, the trawlers were repatriated to Sri Lanka assisted by the Sri Lanka Coast Guard, a Navy spokesman said..

The repatriation of trawlers took place at the IMBL north of Kankesanthurei. A patrol vessel of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard and the Indian Coast Guard Ships ‘Abbakka’ and ‘Ameya’ were deployed for the mission.

The trawlers escorted to the Kankesanthurei harbour were handed over to the Assistant Director of Fisheries in Jaffna. The trawlers were arrested by India in 2015, he said.