Lanka court frees 41 TN fishermen

The Mannar court on Wednesday ordered the release the 41 fishermen of Rameswaram and Mandapam, who were arrested and taken away by the Sri Lankan navy in July and August

Published: 26th September 2013 10:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th September 2013 10:55 AM   |  A+A-

The Mannar court on Wednesday ordered the release the 41 fishermen of Rameswaram and Mandapam, who were arrested and taken away by the Sri Lankan navy in July and August. Ten mechanised boats of the fishermen were also taken away by the island nation navy. Subsequently, all the arrested fishermen were lodged in Vavunya prison. The 41 fishermen were produced on Wednesday before the Mannar court  which ordered their release.

However, the court refused to give their boats back and posted the hearing in the case to December 11.

Earlier on September 23, the Puthalam court had ordered the release of 35 fishermen of Pamban. However, in this case also the four boats of the fishermen were not released. The hearing in this case has been adjourned to November 18.

The 35 fishermen of Pamban are now kept in Marikana De camp.  Around 33 mechanised boats, which were taken away by the Lankan navy during the arrests of fishermen on earlier occasions, have been anchored in the sea off Kalpatti, Thalaimannar, Kankesanthurai and Paruthithurai.

Meanwhile, Jesu Raja a fishermen leader of Thangatchimadam, said that the North East monsoon would set in shortly in Sri Lanka. So there was a possibility of the anchored Indian boats getting damaged by gales. Hence the Central and State governments should take action to get back the boats from Lankan waters, he added.

The tough stance taken by the Lanka government was dealing a serious blow to the fishermen, he added.

Stay up to date on all the latest Tamil Nadu news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp