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Salvage 120 Indian boats from SL in 2 months, HC tells Centre

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The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court on Tuesday directed the Secretary, Union Ministry of External Affairs to take appropriate steps within two months to salvage the 120 fishing boats of Tamil fishermen from the Sri Lankan government.

Advocate Thirumurugan from Morepannai fishing village, Ramathapuram district had filed a petition before a division bench comprising Justices A.Selvam and P.Kalaiyarasan stating that the livelihood of the fishermen has been affected after the Sri Lankan Navy seized 120 fishing boats including 80 boats belonging to fishermen of Rameswaram island recently. The advocate said that prolonged berthing without proper upkeep of the 120 boats would cause permanent damage to their structure.

The Tamil Nadu government had also written to the Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi to take appropriate steps to release the boats, but only in vain. Countering this, the Central government pleader told the court that the Ministry has been taking up the issue. (Deccan Chronicle)


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  • malu thora parav Wednesday, 25 January 2017 03:41 PM

    set fire to one.....and it may be accidental that all boats caught fire....teach the Indian fishermen that SL means business via DM Android App

    suda Wednesday, 25 January 2017 04:29 PM

    Before that release our people, I don't care it is Sinhala, Tamil or Muslims they are Sri Lankans our people.

    Mahila Thursday, 26 January 2017 06:17 AM

    Ask them to produce the Owner with the Work Visa to fish in Sri Lankan waters and agreement not to use Bottom trawling, which is prohibited in this area.

    Mahila Thursday, 26 January 2017 06:18 AM

    How does Madras (Chennai) HC have jurisdiction in Sri Lankan waters?


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