The 43 Indian fishermen, who were apprehended by the Sri Lankan Navy were produced before a magistrate in Trincomalee and released on Thursday.

They are now in a residence provided by the Indian High Commission in the port-town. The High Commission had rushed its officials to Trincomalee, and has made provisions for food, clothing and residence. “Our people are looking after the fishermen. They will head to Tamil Nadu on Friday,” a High Commission official said.

Earlier, the Sri Lankan Navy had apprehended them on Wednesday night off near Pulmodai, handed them over to the local police in Trincomalee, for further action. The police produced the fishermen before a magistrate on Thursday. Their six boats are at the Trincomalee port.