Lankan Navy arrests 31 Tamil Nadu fishermen

RSTV Bureau

Fishing-boats-SeaThe Sri Lankan Navy has arrested 31 Indian fishermen belonging to Tamil Nadu on Sunday on the charge of fishing in the island nation’s waters.

This incident is second in last one week after eight fishermen were arrested by Lankan Navy on March 3.

Early on Sunday, 22 from Tuticorin and nine from Rameswaram were taken into custody along with their three country boats and a mechanised vessel. With today’s arrest, the number of Tamil Nadi fishermen in Sri Lankan custody has risen to 66.

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on March 3 wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his personal intervention to release of 35 Indian fishermen and 73 fishing boats in Sri Lankan custody and also sought steps to find a permanent solution to the recurring detentions.

“Fishermen from Tuticorin were fishing near Kalpity near Sri Lankan coast when they were arrested today,” said Assistant Director of Fisheries Issac Jeyakumar.

“Nine of our Fishermen arrested while fishing near Thalaimannar in Rameswaram, “Assistant Director of Fisheries Gopinathan told reporters.

Sri Lankan naval men also allegedly caused extensive damage to the fishing nets of some of the fishermen, he said, adding, they were accused of using a banned fishing net and poaching in Lankan waters.

Fishermen arrest is expected catch heat both at state level and in parliament in the next few days as the state is set for assembly polls this year.