Tamil Nadu Cm Jayalalithaa urged PM Modi to take steps for the release of 15 fishermen arrested two days ago by Sri Lankan Navy.
Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take steps for the release of 15 fishermen who has been arrested by Sri Lankan Navy. The development comes two days after Sri Lankan navy detained 15 fishermen from Nagapattinam.
It was reported two days ago that the fishermen sailing on two boats from Nagapattinam have been detained by the Sri Lankan navy on September 21 and and later they were shifted to Kankesanthurai.
Urging for the release of the fishermen TN Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had written a two page letter to the prime minister Modi to intervene in the matter of the fishermen. The letter read “I call upon the Government of India to take positive and concrete steps to secure the immediate release of the 15 fishermen and the 28 boats in Sri Lankan custody.”
Jayalalithaa expressed confidence over the Govt saying that it will find the apt mechanisms to solve the problem which is pending from a long time between India and Sri Lanka.
She also said that the latest arrest of the fishermen is to prevent them from their traditional livelihood in the waters in Palk Bay, Katchatheevu which was always a part of traditional fishing ares for the fishermen of India.
She also sad that almost 26 boats are still in the custody of Sri Lankan navy, also the boats and fishing gear which are very essential for fishing are in the custody of Sri Lanka. The poor Indian fishermen can’t afford to buy them again which are very essential for their daily earnings.
She highlighted many issues and problems that are faced by Indian Fishermen and asked the Govt the need to resolve the problems as soon as possible.
She wrote ”I would like to once again point out that the government of India should not treat the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) with Sri Lanka as a settled question as the constitutionality of the 1974 and 1976 agreements has been challenged on extremely valid and legal grounds in the Supreme Court. Our stand is that Katchatheevu has always been a part of India, geographically, culturally and historically and needs to be retrieved, keeping in view the livelihood interests and security of lakhs of Indian fishermen.”