Detained Indian fishermen to be released

[TamilNet, Saturday, 09 January 1999, 16:22 GMT]
Sri Lankan Army sources in Jaffna said that investigation of the 16 Indian fishermen detained by them last month has been completed and that they will be released soon. They said that the Sri Lankan Navy will escort them to the Indian waters when weather conditions improve.

The fishermen drifted in the sea when the trawler engine failed and ended up at Nagar Kovil in the Vadamaradchi in Jaffna.

Meanwhile, the SLA has notified to the Human Rights Commission (HRC), Jaffna the names of detainees who were arrested in the Jaffna Peninsula and had been transferred to the Anuradhapura.

They are:

Mahalingam Jeyaroopan, from Kalviyankaadu; Shanmukam Sachchithanantham, from Kalviyankaadu; Kobalappilalai Pushpakaran from Thirunelvely; Kanakalingam Ajanthan from Kondavil, and Kanthasamy Yoganathan from Thirunelvely.

Details of persons detained at the SLA's detention centres are:

Valayuthapillai Ravishankar, from Puthukkudierppu, arrested on 27.12.1998
Selvathurai Kaneshalingam, from Puthukkudierppu, arrested on 27.12.1998
Rasamany Pavananthan, from Alavedi, arrested on 8.12.1998
Krishnarasa Sukanthi, from Puththur, arrested on 12.12.1998
Nadarasa Eeswaran, from Thrunelvely, arrested on 12.12.1998
Nadarasa Ketheeswaran, from Thrunelvely, arrested on 12.12.1998
Balasingham Kanthasamy Selvam, arrested on 17.12.1998

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