Fishermen discharged by Sri Lanka reached in Tamil Nadu


Nearly Seventy-seven Tamil Nadu fishermen, detained by the Sri Lankan Navy in several matters in 2017  on allegations of illegal fishing reached at the Karaikal port on Friday following their discharge by the island nation.

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As per the official sources, Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar, Handlooms Minister O S Manian, family members and relatives of the fishermen reached to the spot where the fishermen were released.

The fishermen’s are from Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram, Nagapattinam and Karaikal districts.

On July 28, The Sri Lankan Government had consented to discharge the fishermen.

The Sri Lankan Navy sent the fishermen to Indian authorities close to the International Maritime Boundary Line on Thursday.

They were accompanied by the Indian Coast Guard. On Friday, all the fishermen reached to Karaikal port where their family members received them, the sources stated.

Four months back, Sri Lanka and India took decision to discharge fishermen arrested in each other’s custody after a high-level meeting amid the two sides in Colombo in a proposal to resolve the tension after the lynching of a 22-year-old fisherman belonging to Rameswaram purportedly by the Sri Lankan Navy.

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On March 6, the fisherman, Bridgo was gunned down as he was illegally poaching in a mechanised boat near Katchatheevu island.