Parties press for release of fishermen from Sri Lankan jails
With 84 fishermen from Tamil Nadu and 10 from Karaikal languishing in
Sri Lankan prisons, political parties are demanding their immediate
Pattali Makkal Katchi leader S Ramadoss alleged that Sri Lankan navy
personnel were forcefully taking the fishermen from Indian waters and
charging them falsely for trespassing into Sri Lanka’s territorial
waters. In a statement, Ramadoss said 29 fishermen from Akkaraipettai in
Nagapattinam district were fishing near Point Calimere when the Sri
Lankan navy attacked and apprehended them. Incidents of the Sri Lankan
navy falsely framing Indian fishermen and of the Sri Lankan navy
infiltrating Indian waters have increased.
Apprehending innocent fishermen and remanding them in custody for
nearly 3 months in prison are human rights violations and is a very
dangerous trend followed by Sri Lanka, he charged.Ramadoss said that
when the territorial borderline is very narrow, it is not right to
detain fishermen for trespassing. Hence, a long lasting solution has to
The centre should ensure that both countries arrive at an amicable
agreement to engage in fishing activities.
Efforts should be taken to immediately release the detained fishermen
and their boats, he said.
Tamil Manila Congress president G K Vasan also urged the central
government to ensure the release of the fishermen before the Pongal
(Times of India)