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38 Indian fishermen on fast unto death in Sri Lanka jail

At least 38 Indian fishermen lodged in Sri Lanka’s Jaffna prison for alleged poaching are on a fast unto death demanding their early release.

The Indian consulate office in Jaffna has alerted the Indian High Commission officials here after the Indian prisoners began their protest in the jail, prison officials said on Thursday.

The fishermen were arrested for poaching in Sri Lankan waters.

In November, Sri Lanka released five Indian fishermen, who had been sentenced to death on drug trafficking charges, after a presidential pardon from Mahinda Rajapaksa.

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