The Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in Ramanathapuram has ordered the release of seven Sri Lankan fishermen, who were arrested on 6 April, by Thoothukudi Marine Police, on a charge of poaching in Indian waters, after the State Government agreed to withdraw the case against them.

After the government ordered to release and repatriate the seven fishermen with their vessel 'Kavisha Putha 03' and the prosecution told the Court that it was not interested in proceeding with the case, Judicial Magistrate K. Inbakarthik, in-charge of CJM Court, ordered their release on Wednesday.

The Magistrate directed the Superintendent of Puzhal Central Prison to hand over the Lankan fishermen to the Inspector of Police, Thermal Nagar Police Station, Thoothukudi, with necessary protection.

He also directed the Inspector to hand over the vessel and other belongings of the fishermen.

The fishermen, who hailed from western Sri Lanka, were apprehended by the Indian Coast Guard when they were found fishing in Indian waters off Kanniyakumari.

The fishermen were produced before the Magistrate Court on April 6 and remanded in judicial custody till April 20. The release comes a day ahead of the completion of their remand period.

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