7 Indian fishermen detained by Sri Lankan Navy

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On Thursday the Sri Lankan Navy detained seven Indian fishermen alongside two water crafts close Neduntheevu Island at Palk Strait. The fishermen from Mandapam close were fishing at Neduntheevu, near the island country’s drift and taken to Kangesanthurai port there, Assistant Director of Fisheries, Gopinath said.

Two boats utilized by them were additionally seized by the navalmen, he included.

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On July 9, three fishermen from Jagadapattinam in Pudukottai District were detained off Karainagar in northern Sri Lanka, for professedly fishing in the Lankan waters.

The Tamil Nadu government has kept up that the recovery of Katchatheevu, an islet surrendered to Sri Lanka in the 1970s, was the only answer for the vexed fishermen’s’ issue. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Palaniswamy, on Monday, said that 9 July’s capture and the current enactment authorized by the Sri Lankan Parliament with respect to seizing of boats and forcing colossal fines on Indian fishermen caused “dread and agitation” among the fisherfolk. This is the third case this month of capturing of Tamil Nadu fisherman by the Lankan Navy.

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