With over 80 Indian fishermen languishing in Sri Lankan prisons, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has once again sought Central intervention for their release, the Times of India reported today.
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said, "It is very unfortunate that these innocent fishermen have continued to be incarcerated throughout the festive season which they were unable to spend with their families."
"I urge your personal intervention in this matter and request you to direct the Ministry of External Affairs to take up the matter with the Sri Lankan authorities in a concrete and decisive manner," for the immediate release of 84 fishermen including the 29 arrested on December 31, she said.
The recurrent instances of attacks upon, and "abductions of," the fishermen in the Palk Bay "continue unabated and are a matter of serious concern affecting" their life and livelihood on a daily basis, she said.
The letter, dated December 31, has been released today by the state government.
In the letter, she reiterated her government's opposition to the 1974 and 1976 Indo- Sri Lanka agreements ceding the Katchatheevu islet to the island republic and recalled she had filed a case against it in Supreme Court.
The Chief Minister also reminded Modi about her government's plea for a Rs 1520 crore deep-sea fishing package made with him twice.
Jayalalithaa had earlier written to Modi voicing concern at recurring instances of such arrests. In her letter dated December 20, she had sought Modi's intervention for the release of arrested fishermen and their boats.
In the latest incident involving the Lankan navy, 29 fishermen from Nagapattinam district and three boats were detained by the Lankan Navy when they were fishing off Trincomallee coast in Sri Lanka.
Ravi Seneviratne Saturday, 2 January 2016 16:19
They all are innocent as long as they stay on the side of Indian waters J
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wet otter Sunday, 3 January 2016 15:04
why dont india never take action to " arrest SL Navy boats coming to indian waters to arrest these innocent fishermans". tell me what is wrong with that???
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vini Saturday, 2 January 2016 16:33
Keep arresting the so called "innocent" fishermen.
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BV Saturday, 2 January 2016 17:23
PLEASE INSTRUCT YOUR FISHERMAN NOT TO ENTER SRI LANKAN WATERS.PROBLEM WOULD BE SOLVED. via DM Android App
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nuke Saturday, 2 January 2016 18:42
instead of writing letters to your PM, you should first talk to your politicians and tell them to not fish in SL waters, you wont do that, coz you are a rogue.
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Bala Saturday, 2 January 2016 18:46
Fishermen are innocent. Even she is innocent of amassing wealth. Everyone is innocent in Tamil nadu.
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sss Saturday, 2 January 2016 19:01
intimidation - that is what awaits India (and West) centered foreign policy
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afhamfrk Sunday, 3 January 2016 12:12
Every politician is very good at fishing in troubled water. We also know you are a good actress
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hansgems Sunday, 3 January 2016 12:23
Oh Yeah they are innocent just like you they deserve jail term just as you were thrown in.
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Realist Sunday, 3 January 2016 14:03
If the Chief Minister got into a fishing boat she may get some action
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