A court in Sri Lanka today ordered five of the 34 boats seized from Tamil Nadu fishermen two months ago to be handed over to the island nation's government.
The court in Paruthithurai ordered five of the 34 boats seized from the fishermen, arrested on July 30 by Sri Lankan naval personnel and released on September 4, to be handed over to the island nation government, Rameswaram Fishermen's Organisation President Emerite told reporters here.
Each boat is estimated to be valued at Rs 60 lakh and the total cost of the five boats would be Rs three crore, he said.
Sixty five fishermen of Nagapattinam and Karaikal were arrested by Lankan naval personnel on July 30. 34 of them were released on September 4 without their boats.
The other fishermen are still in Thungamalli prision in Sri lanka. The released fishermen reached India on September 22.
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