Sri Lanka Ready to free Convicted Indian Fishermen


New Delhi/Colombo, Nov 12: The Sri Lanka agreed to free Indian Fishermen, who were awarded death sentence on charges of drug trafficking, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi intervened in the matter.

The Lanka government on Wednesday has conveyed to Indian High Commission that the convicted fishermen would be free, however, set condition for the release.

Sri Lankan Minister Prabha Ganesan told Indian High Commission officials in Colombo that if India withdrew the appeal filed in the Supreme Court against the high court verdict, they would release the fishermen and allow them to move from the country to India.

"If India withdraws the appeal, President Rajapaksa would pardon the Indian fishermen awarded death for alleged drug trafficking without any pre-conditions", said Ganesan.

The decision came after Modi on Sunday called the Sri Lanka president and discussed the issue with him asking him to pardon the Indian fishermen, who were imprisoned in Lanka. Five Indian fishermen were sentenced to death in a drug trafficking case.

The Indian officials are likely to take a decision early on withdrawing the appeal today. The Lanka government agreed to free the fishermen a day after India filed an appeal in the Supreme court.

The families of the victims put the pressure on the government bby observing fast in Tamil Nadu two weeks ago, seeking the release of the fishermen jailed in Lanka.

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