Sri Lankan Navy arrests 10 Tamil Nadu fishermen
The latest arrest came barely days after Sri Lanka agreed to release the 51 fishermen already in its custody.
Ten fishermen from Tamil Nadu were arrested on Tuesday by Sri Lankan Navy when they were fishing off Neduntheevu near the island nation, ANI report said. The fishermen hail from Rameswaram and an investigation is underway, the report added.
The latest arrest came barely days after Sri Lanka agreed to release the 51 fishermen already in its custody. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention to secure the release of the 20 fishermen who were arrested by Sri Lankan Navy a few days ago.
“Unfortunately, even before the sense of relief following the release of the 51 fishermen could fully set in and the released fishermen reached our shores, the Sri Lankan navy has yet again resorted to its harsh and unjust tactic of apprehending Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu while peacefully pursuing their avocation in the traditional fishing waters of the Palk Bay,” Panneerselvam said in the letter. The state government “is extremely concerned about the continuing frequent apprehension and detention of our fishermen,” Financial Express quoted as Panneerselvam saying.
“As you are aware, in 2016 itself 290 Tamil Nadu fishermen along with their 53 fishing boats were apprehended in 39 incidents. Subsequently, all 290 fishermen were released due to the unstinted efforts of our revered leader the late Chief Minister Puratchi Thalaivi Amma (Jayalalithaa),” he noted. He recalled that even though Sri Lanka released the fishermen, it, however, did not return their boats and fishing gear, their “only livelihood means”.