Douglas promises expeditious release

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Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda said yesterday (20), he will take necessary steps to expedite the release of those in Indian custody.

He said, these persons were arrested by the Indian Coast Guard and Navy, while trying to migrate illegally. He said, 69 Northern Province residents who were arrested by the Indian Coast Guard are serving prison sentences.

He also said, a group of those youth’s relatives met him recently at the Mullaitivu District Secretariat and urged him to take necessary steps to release them from Indian detention, considering their situation.

According to Devananda, the parents said, due to the country’s economic crisis, they were unable to engage in fishing, and their sons had attempted to go overseas to provide a better living standard to their families.

He said, while he doesn’t condone illegal migration, he will take steps to get them released expeditiously, by approaching India through diplomatic channels.

By Naalir Jamaldeen