Source: Agencies13 Mar 2016 14:01:32

Chennai, March 13: 28 Indian fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy on Sunday on the charges of crossing International Maritime Boundary Line and fishing in the island nation’ territory.

Two boats of these fishermen including one merchandised boat were also seized by them. The fishermen, who belonged to Pudukottai, Pamban and Tuticorin, were taken to Kangesanthurai port by the Navy personnel.  

This is the fourth detention of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy during this month. Eight fishermen were arrested on March 3, while 29 others on March 6 and another batch four on March 10 by the Sri Lankan Navy at different locations in mid sea.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had also written letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling for appropriate actions for a permanent solution to the recurring arrests. 'India cannot continue to be seen as a mute spectator as the rights of Indian fishermen are repeatedly infringed upon,' she said.

Meanwhile fishermen belonging to the coastal hamlets in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have threatened to boycott the 16 May Assembly polls if the Centre does not initiate steps for the release of fishermen arrested by Sri Lanka and also their boats before 15 April.

The decision was taken at a meeting of various Fishermen Association leaders. Fishermen's Association President Rajendran said in 2015 alone, about 70 fishermen belonging to various parts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have been arrested by Sri Lanka on the charge of fishing in the island nation's waters.