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69 Tamil Nadu fishermen ordered to be released from Sri Lankan jails

Sixty-nine Tamil Nadu fishermen who were being detained in Sri Lankan jails were ordered to be released by courts in Jaffna and Vavuniya on Thursday, the Deccan Chronicle reports. 

The men were arrested previously by the Sri Lankan navy for allegedly poaching in the island's waters. 

The release comes amid the ongoing arrest and release of Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy. 

Last week India's government informed the Rajya Sabha that 144 fishermen were detained by Sri Lankan authorities, alongside 144 fishing boats.