Jaya Slams Fresh Arrest of Fishermen

Jayalalithaa says, the detention of 25 persons from Tamil Nadu could vitiate the atmosphere ahead of January 27 talks between India and Sri Lanka.

Published: 22nd January 2014 07:46 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd January 2014 07:46 AM   |  A+A-


Describing the arrest of 25 Tamil Nadu fishermen and six boats by the Sri Lankan Navy in mid-sea as ‘an extremely unfortunate episode ahead of the January 27 talks’, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday night requested Prime Minister to take decisive steps to ensure immediate release of all TN fishermen in Lankan prisons.

“Only such a decisive action taken at the earliest could facilitate the smooth conduct of the talks between the two countries,” the Chief Minister said in her letter to the Prime Minister.

“This latest incident definitely requires your personal intervention and I exhort you to take concrete and decisive action to ensure the immediate release of the 25 fishermen apprehended on Tuesday without their being remanded by the Sri Lankan courts. Further, the 64 fishermen from Tamil Nadu who are still in Sri Lankan custody along with their 69 boats should be released forthwith,” the Chief Minister said.

She recalled that Tamil Nadu had taken a positive and accommodative stance by releasing 130 Lankan fishermen and seven boats, and said: “It is most disconcerting and shocking that the Lankan Navy had returned to its marauding acts.”

“In spite of the assiduous and decisive steps being taken by my government to defuse the tense situation prevailing in the coastal districts of Tamil Nadu and create a conducive and accommodative atmosphere for the smooth conduct of bilateral fishermen-level talks, the action of the Sri Lankan authorities has come as a rude shock to the fishermen community in Tamil Nadu,” she further said.

Jayalalithaa pointed out that 64 TN fishermen were yet to be released and 69 fishing boats were detained by Lanka, affecting the fishermen’ livelihoods.


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