Nine Indian fishermen detained by Lankan Navy; Panneerselvam seeks PM’s intervention

Dhanushkodi (Tamil Nadu) [India], Dec. 21 : At least nine Indian fishermen belonging to Pamban, Tamil Nadu along with one boat were detained by the Sri Lankan Navy on Wednesday, while they were fishing at International Maritime Boundary line near Dhanushkodi.

The detained fishermen have been taken to the Thalaimannar Naval base for investigation. As many as twelve Indian fishermen were detained yesterday by the Lankan Navy along with their two fishing boats.

The Sri Lankan Navy had also arrested seven fishermen from Pudukottai Kottaipattinam and detained their two fishing boats on Monday night.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam in a letter written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday sought the latter's intervention for the early release of fishermen arrested by Sri Lanka.

He echoed the stand of his predecessor late J. Jayalalithaa that a permanent solution to the issue will be possible only by restoring India's sovereignty over Katchatheevu, an islet handed over to the neighbouring country by India.

The Chief Minister has said the Sri Lankan strategy of not releasing the boats of the apprehended fishermen is causing great damage to their livelihood.

Source: ANI