Tahlka News Desk
Bangalore: Ten fishermen arrested from Tamil Nadu with a boat in front of Delft Island, all ten fishermen hailed from Rameswaram and an investigation is going on.
A few days ago, ten fishermen from the state were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly fishing in the island nation's waters, taking the total number of those held in the past one week to 20, as the state government sought the Centre's intervention to secure their release. The fishermen from Rameswaram and Pudukottai district were apprehended and their boats impounded in two separate incidents, for allegedly fishing in their territorial waters.
A day later Sri Lanka agreed to release the 51 fishermen from their custody After Tamil Nadu CM O Panneerselvam wrote a letter to PM Modi seeking his intervention to secure the release of the 20 fishermen. Pannerselvam thanked modi for ensuring the release of 51 Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu, but rued over the arrest of 20 fishermen, including 10 today.
"As you are aware, in 2016 itself 290 Tamil Nadu fishermen along with their 53 fishing boats were apprehended in 39 incidents. Subsequently, all 290 fishermen were released due to the unstinted efforts of our revered leader the late Chief Minister Puratchi Thalaivi Amma (Jayalalithaa)," he noted. He recalled that even though Sri Lanka released the fishermen, it however, did not return their boats and fishing gear, their "only livelihood means".