K Palaniswami writes to Narendra Modi seeking release of 54 Tamil Nadu fishermen, boats in Sri Lankan custody

K Palaniswami has urged the Centre to take immediate steps to secure the release of 54 Indian fishermen apprehended by Sri Lanka

PTI October 28, 2017 15:07:58 IST
K Palaniswami writes to Narendra Modi seeking release of 54 Tamil Nadu fishermen, boats in Sri Lankan custody

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami has urged the Centre to take immediate steps to secure the release of 54 Indian fishermen apprehended by Sri Lanka.

K Palaniswami writes to Narendra Modi seeking release of 54 Tamil Nadu fishermen boats in Sri Lankan custody

File image of K Palaniswamy. PTI

140 fishing boats are also in Sri Lanka’s custody and this is fuelling unrest among the fisher folk, he noted.

“I strongly urge you to take up the alarming and frequent abduction of our fishermen in their traditional waters with the highest authorities in the Sri Lankan government", he said in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.

He appealed to Modi to ensure the safety and security of Indian fishermen in the Palk Bay.

Palaniswami said recently 46 fishermen and their nine mechanised fishing boats were apprehended in separate incidents.

The fishermen had set sail from Ramanathapuram and Pudukottai districts of Tamil Nadu. They were apprehended by the Sri Lankan Navy between 11 September and 26 October, he said in the letter.

“So far, in 2017, 317 Tamil Nadu fishermen and 62 fishing boats have been apprehended in 59 incidents and 263 of these fishermen have been released after considerable persuasion by the governments of India and Tamil Nadu,” he noted.

Sri Lanka released only 36 fishing boats out of 61 fishing boats seized in 2015, he said.

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