The fishermen who were arrested over the past two months for allegedly crossing the IMBL and fishing in Sri Lankan waters were under detention in the island country’s prisons.
Sahayam, a fishermen association leader in Rameswaram, said over 100 fishermen and about 25 boats were taken into custody by the Lankan Navy in the past four months.
Official sources said that one mechanised boat from Rameshwaran consisting of 12 fishermen all are residents of Rameshwaram and Thangachimadam area ventured into the sea on Saturday night.
Two boats that the fishermen were using were also seized by the Sri Lankan Navy.
Among the 22 fishermen, 12 were from Nagapattinam district, five from Mayiladuthurai district, and five from Karaikal district.
Chief Minister MK Stalin on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to prevent arrests of Tamil Nadu fishermen by Sri Lankan navy.
The deployment of the naval ship for 10 days in Sri Lanka is part of the Indian government's capacity-building initiative under its 'Neighbourhood First' policy, it said.
After their arrest, fisherfolk requested both the State and Central governments to take efforts and release them immediately.
In yet another case of fishers’ arrest, the Sri Lankan Navy arrested 22 fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Karaikal on Thursday while they were fishing southeast of Kodiyakarai.
Pointing out that 29 fishermen and 82 fishing boats are still under the custody of the Lankan government, the CM said the Centre should ensure their early release.
The statement further read that this month alone, 29 Indian fishermen were arrested, and six boats were seized for fishing in the Lankan water.
They were among the 56 fishermen from the State arrested by the island nation in December last year.
This is the third such incident in two weeks and 41 fishermen and six fishing boats are in the custody of the Sri Lankan Navy, he noted.
Six among the 43 Rameswaram fishermen, arrested by Sri Lankan Navy in December last year, returned home on Thursday night.
Fishermen representatives from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry urged Sri Lanka Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda for a peaceful resolution to the conflict between the countries.