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 house arranged by the Indian High Commission in the port town. The High Commission had rushed its officials to Trincomalee and made provision for food, clothing and residence. “Our people are looking after the fishermen. They will head to Tamil Nadu on Friday,” said a High Commission official. The Navy had apprehended them on Wednesday night off near Pulmodai and handed them over to the local police in Trincomalee. Their six boats are at the Trincomalee port.