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Mannar fishermen released on bail amid protest by residents

Twenty-five Mannar fishermen who were detained by the Sri Lankan navy on Monday, were released on bail today after residents protested against their arrest. 

The men were initially detained at the navy camp prompting angry protests by residents from Thalvupadu who said the community was frequently harassed and intimidated by navy personnel. 

The tense situation led to local police taking custody of the men. 

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