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Taking up the latest detention of seven fishermen, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Tuesday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to send a firm message to Sri Lanka over continued apprehension of the state's fishermen and said a permanent solution would be in restoring India's sovereignty over Katchatheevu islet.

Panneerselvam in a letter to the PM Modi said the boats and fishermen were reportedly taken to Karainagar in Sri Lanka by their navy personnel and were remanded in custody.

"It is the consistent stand of the government of Tamil Nadu that a permanent solution to this vexatious problem faced by our fishermen will be possible only by restoring India's sovereignty over Katchatheevu by securing the right to fish in traditional waters," he said.

The right of the fishermen is continuously infringed upon by the Sri Lankan's Navy "recurrent" actions of apprehension, the Chief minister said.

Demanding that the Centre send a firm message to Sri Lanka on the issue, he said 109 boats, including the two boats apprehended today, should be released by the island nation.

"The Sri Lankan strategy of not releasing boats of our fishermen is causing great frustration among the fishermen of Tamil Nadu. Without their livelihood base, fishermen are in a state of despondency," he said.

Panneerselvam requested Modi to direct the External Affairs Ministry to take up the matter with Sri Lankan authorities to ensure immediate release of 22 fishermen and 109 boats.

On Monday, seven Tamil Nadu fishermen were detained and their two mechanised fishing boats were seized by Lankan navy personnel for allegedly fishing near Neduntheevu in the island nation.

The fishermen from Jegadapattinam hamlet in Pudukottai district were taken to Kangesanthurai Port there, along with their boats.

The apprehension of fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy continues 'unabated' despite Indo-Sri Lankan fishermen level talks and Inter-Ministerial talks being held from time to time, he said.

Pudukottai Fisheries Department Assistant Director, Sekar told media yesterday that the Lankan navy also allegedly rammed the boats of Tamil Nadu fishermen against one of the mechanised boats and sank it leaving five fishermen on board to struggle in the sea till fellow fishermen rescued them. (zeenews)

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  • RanjitS Thursday, 22 December 2016 07:02 AM

    Before sending firm message to Modi he should do his homework and stop TN fisherman poaching in SL waters. Indians never learn the game of fair play.

    Jeff Wednesday, 21 December 2016 10:09 AM

    This is guy is good only for worship Jeyalalitha feet.

    Fayad Wednesday, 21 December 2016 10:29 AM

    What is traditional waters ? poaching in sri lankan territoryThis is very cheap politics, affected party in sri lanka too are tamil

    Jonna Wednesday, 21 December 2016 10:33 AM

    Good Job Sri Lankan Navy

    George Harry Wednesday, 21 December 2016 10:44 AM

    Oh.... Panneer, mind your words and count your days on Premeditated Murder case of former Chief Minister Jayalalitha mistakenly appointed you that ultimately led to her mystery DEATH.

    Fayad Wednesday, 21 December 2016 10:44 AM

    Very funny sri lanka tamil leaders are silent in this issue affected party is tamil fishermen

    Ahmed Wednesday, 21 December 2016 11:05 AM

    so many countries wont exist in todays world if we see traditional waters or traditional borders.

    Bala Wednesday, 21 December 2016 11:10 AM

    CM Wiggie - tell us are you tolerating this and sacrificing our local tamil fishermen to suffer ? Bet you will be silent - hypocrite.

    kaboos Wednesday, 21 December 2016 09:31 AM

    Chief Minister Paneerselvam please send a strong message to your fishermen not to poach into other country waters.

    Sammy Wednesday, 21 December 2016 09:37 AM

    To seek the return of an outright donation would make the donor a laughfing stock and it will be a self inflicting insult.

    Ravindrakumar Wednesday, 21 December 2016 09:43 AM

    Mr.CM, first of all you should advice your fishermen to stay away from Sri Lankan waters, you have no rights to tell us what we should be doing in our waters. you people are robbing our resources and depriving the livelihood of the northern fishermen and then you show affection to the Tamils in Sri Lanka.


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