Colombo, May 25 UNI | 2 months ago

Ahead of his visit to New Delhi to attend the oath taking of Narendra Modi, Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ordered the release of all the Indian fishermen held in Lankan custody.

The decision was taken in order to "enhance the relationship with the India's Prime Minister-elect, Narendra Modi," the Presidential media unit announced here today.

The 'goodwill gesture' may help give a push to the fishermen's talks between the two countries which are presently deadlocked.

It is not immediately clear as to how many Indian fishermen are still languishing in the Lankan jails. Some reports put the number at around thirty-five.

This is for the second time in as many months that Mr Rajapaksa has freed Indian fishermen from Sri Lankan jails.

First gesture came soon after India had abstained from voting on US sponsored anti-Sri Lanka resolution at the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva in March end.

(Posted on 26-05-2014)