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Stalin writes to EAM to release 12 fishermen arrested by Lankan Navy

PoliticsStalin writes to EAM to release 12 fishermen arrested by Lankan Navy

Concerned about the frequent attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy, Chief Minister Stalin writes to EAM.

M.K. Stalin urged External Affairs Minister Dr S.Jaishankar to secure the release of 12 fishermen and 109 boats through diplomatic channels.

In a Demi-Official letter to Dr Jaishankar, copies of which were released to the media here, Mr Stalin said a mechanised fishing boat had ventured for fishing from Karaikal (Puducherry UT) fishing harbour along with 12 crew (5 from Mayiladuthurai district, two from Nagapattinam district and five from Karaikal district) on April one.

Yesterday, at around 1.00 a.m., some officials of the Sri Lankan Navy assaulted the Indian fishermen, who were fishing near the East Kodiakarai area, in which four fishermen sustained injuries on their hands.

The Sri Lankan Navy confiscated seven mobile phones and the fish catch. The frequent attacks of the Sri Lankan Navy on Tamil Nadu fishermen is a cause of grave concern and it continues unabated, he said and requested the Union Government to take this up strongly with the Sri Lankan Government to control such elements among the Lankan Navy, who continue to indulge in acts of physical assault on Indian fishermen and to ensure that such incidents are avoided in future.

Mr Stalin also requested Dr Jaishankar to prevail upon appropriate diplomatic channels for the immediate release of 12 fishermen from Tamil Nadu and 109 fishing boats which are still under the custody of the Sri Lankan Government.

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