Source: News Bharati English26 Mar 2017 16:05:18
New Delhi, March 26: Recently 16 Indian fishermen north of Mannar district were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy on March 23, and yesterday the arrest of 12 fishermen happened again on the grounds of crossing the island nation’s territorial waters.
The 12 fishermen were arrested late last night from Neduntheevu. This is the fifth arrest made by the Sri Lankan Navy this month. Around 2,000 fishermen in 500 boats were chased by the Lankan Navy personnels yesterday as well.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami has written to the PM Narendra Modi regarding the release of fishermen and 131 boats under the custody of Sri Lanka. On March 14, 77 fishermen were released. There are many who are still in their custody, including the ones arrested yesterday.
Interestingly, Sri Lanka and India on March 8 agreed to release fishermen held in each other’s custody. After a long high-level discussion, both sides decided to dissolve the matters.
However, PM Modi has asked the External Affairs Ministry to take over the matter and resolve it with the Lankan Navy in a decisive and concrete manner. Fishermen in the state have started to fight back on this serious issue with the government. With the recent killing of 1 fisherman by the Lankan Navy has shaken the entire fishermen community. They have straight away asked for better security for themselves and their families.