Tamil Nadu: Sri Lankan Navy detains 3 fishermen

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Tamil Nadu: Sri Lankan Navy has detained at Least three Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu on Sunday for allegedly doing fishing in Sri Lankan waters.

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On July 6, nearly eight fishermen were detained by the Sri Lankan Navy for illegal fishing in the island nation’s territorial waters.

On Saturday, nearly two boats of the fishermen belonging from Kottaipattinam and Pudukottai district were seized by Sri Lankan Navy, Fisheries Department Assistant Director Chandrasekhar stated. Later, the fishermen were moved to Kagesanthurai.

In June, The Tamil Nadu government directed Centre to get involved on the issue and take strict measure to guarantee that Indian fishermen will not take such steps in future.

On June 26, Tamil Nadu government articulated anxiety over the rise in number of “attacks” on Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy. The government demanded the Centre’s intrusion for discharge of around 42 detained fishermen.

In June, Chief Minister E Palaniswamy asserted that such captures have had a “frightening effect” on fishermen and the people of Tamil Nadu.

The government also shared a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi where he raised the concern over capture of 14 fishermen in two different matters by the Sri Lankan navy on 24 June.

On June 30, Tamil Nadu finance minister D Jayakumar had demanded External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to take strict measures for the discharge of Indian fishermen as well as their boats from Sri Lankan navy.

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Palaniswamy had also demanded Narendra Modi to request the external affairs ministry to carry out a strong strike with the Sri Lankan over the incessant kidnaps. Tamil Nadu CM also demanded the instant discharge of the fishermen.