Rameswaram: Members of the country boat fishermen's association and their kin on Thursday organised protest in a novel way by distributing porridge at the sea coast near Pamban demanding the release of 28 fishermen arrested recently by the Sri Lankan navy.
The fishermen community leader Sagayam said they had lost their livelihood with the Sri Lankan navy preventing them from fishing even in the traditional areas.
They appealed to the government to ensure their safety and help them fish in the traditional areas of Gulf of Mannar without any hassle.
Porridge distribution demonstration has been organised to highlight the plight of the fishermen in the state, he said.
On March 13, Sri Lankan navy arrested 28 Indian fishermen belonging to Pudukottai, Pamban, and Tuticorin for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line and fishing in their territory.
One mechanised boat and two country boats of the fishermen were also seized.