Jaya seeks action against SL

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India should show "greater firmness" to force Sri Lanka to stop attacking and arresting Tamil Nadu fishermen on the sea, Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has said.

She also urged the central government to put diplomatic pressure on Colombo to secure the release of the Indian fishermen detained in Sri Lanka.

In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday, Jayalalithaa said: "The government of India has virtually abandoned its poor and defenceless fishermen to face an uncertain future caused by the risk of daily attacks and abduction at the hands of the Sri Lankan Navy.

"Unless the government of India displays greater fortitude and firmness and acts with alacrity through diplomatic channels to put pressure on Sri Lanka, there appears to be little chance of securing the prompt release of our fishermen or to avert such instances in future," she added.

She said that soon after she wrote Sep 20 suggesting a meeting of fishermen from India and Sri Lanka in December, 20 fishermen of Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu were detained by the Sri Lanka Navy.

They have been remanded in custody up to Oct 7 and lodged in a jail in Vavuniya, 254 km north of Colombo, she said.

According to Jayalalithaa, 136 fishermen from Tamil Nadu and their 29 boats continue to be in Sri Lankan custody.

She said 76 fishermen from Tamil Nadu apprehended by the Sri Lanka Navy on different dates were ordered to be deported by a Sri Lankan court this month. But they were yet to return home.

Sri Lankan authorities regularly detain Indian fishermen, overwhelmingly from Tamil Nadu, on the narrow sea dividing the two countries on charges of intruding into Sri Lankan waters.

The Tamil Nadu chief minister has repeatedly accused the Sri Lankan military of attacking the fishermen and seizing or destroying their boats. (Source: Indian Express)
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  • Suq Madique Monday, 30 September 2013 11:08 AM

    How come diaspora mafia commenting on this? After all its their brothers in the north who are affected by the poaching??

    Cobra Sunday, 29 September 2013 02:15 PM

    She's certainly not changed from her dancing round the bushes days!!!

    Nims Monday, 30 September 2013 11:04 PM

    Stealing is in their genes

    Nodrog Sunday, 29 September 2013 07:58 AM

    Same old tune! Boring.

    SL Sunday, 29 September 2013 08:14 AM

    has she done anything to stop TN fisherman poaching in SL water???
    why are you sealing our wealth. ??
    We are a small nation with limited resources not like mighty India

    Citizen L Sunday, 29 September 2013 08:55 AM

    She's smoking up way too much of K.Ganja...... Wonder if it's safe for her at her age?!!

    Sonali de Silva Sunday, 29 September 2013 09:25 AM

    Seems she has nothing to do except to harass Sri Lanka not because she loves her people but to keep her popularity. People in TN will soon get tired of her ranting then what?

    saman Sunday, 29 September 2013 09:32 AM

    Stop poaching our fish!

    ARaj Sunday, 29 September 2013 09:33 AM

    Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.
    India should show "greater firmness" to STOP Tamil Nadu fishermen crossing the International Maritime Boundary. The government of India should display greater fortitude and firmness and act with alacrity to respect International Maritime Boundary. The government of India has virtually abandoned our poor and defenseless Sri Lankan fishermen to face an uncertain future caused by Tamil Nadu fishermen.

    haa hoo Sunday, 29 September 2013 10:32 AM

    Sri Lanka - Don't shoot the Indian fishermen. That's violation of HR. Just shoot once on the bottom of each poaching Indian fishing boat.

    major Monday, 30 September 2013 03:02 PM

    Time to time she shows that she is alive in political field.

    Dee Monday, 30 September 2013 02:34 AM

    why dont you go fish for votes in your own warters? is it because indian fish dont beleive you?


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