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Indian government says 144 fishermen detained in Sri Lankan jails

India's government on Thursday informed the Rajya Sabha that 144 fishermen were detained by Sri Lankan authorities. 

The statement by the Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs, V K Singh, came in response to a written question on the issue, the Economic Times reported. 

"As a result of sustained diplomatic efforts, the government has so far secured the release of 347 fishermen from Sri Lankan custody," Mr Singh added. 

Sri Lankan authorities also currently hold 144 fishing boats, the paper added. 
 
The minister also noted that 537 fishermen were currently detained in Pakistan, alongside 1000 fishing boats. 

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