The fishermen of Rameswaram, in Tamil Nadu staged a demonstration on Friday, protesting against the arrest of fishermen and confiscation of their boats by Sri Lankan navy and urging the authorities to secure their traditional fishing rights in the Palk Bay.
Led by fishermen leader P. Sesu Raja, members of all mechanised boats fishermen associations, raised slogans against the Lankan navy. Mr. Raja urged the Centre to prevail upon the Lankan government to secure the release of boats and fishermen arrested after the third round of talks in Chennai on March 24.
He said when the Indian fishermen were expecting a favourable response from Lankan Tamil fishermen for reaching an agreement for peaceful fishing, there were disturbing reports of Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena ordering the arrest of Indian fishermen who crossed the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL).
Lankan navy again started intimidating the Indian fishermen, who ventured into the Palk Bay for fishing, he said, and urged the Centre to protect their livelihood by securing their traditional right to fish in the Palk Bay.
Fearing the Lankan navy, most fishermen from Rameswaram refrained from venturing into the sea for fishing, he said.
They were left with just three more fishing days before the 45-day ban on fishing started on April 14 but the fishermen were not willing to take the risk, he said.
Fishermen leaders who took part in the agitation wanted the State and Central governments to help the fishermen of the two countries to reach an agreement for peaceful fishing in the Palk Bay, in the new season starting in June.
Mr. Sesu Raja, who led the team which brought back 33 of the 86 boats detained in Sri Lanka and ordered to be released by Mr. Sirisena, said 28 more boats would be brought back in the second salvage operation to commence next week.
The remaining boats either drowned or suffered extensive damage, he said, and urged the governments to pay compensation to the owners. (THE HINDU)
This is a ridiculous situation. Are these Tamil Nadu guys this stupid and complete idiots. They come into Lankan waters and PROTEST if they are apprehended by our Navy ?
Indus Saturday, 11 April 2015 12:04 PM
TN:- We do not allow Sri Lankans to play or train in Tamilnadu but we want to do fishing in their waters.What a double standard game playing by tamlis in TN. In fisherman issue ,its a humanitarian issue, good use of English vocabulry. haaa.
NKS Saturday, 11 April 2015 12:45 PM
IT IS NOT ONLY FISHING THAT IS BEING CARRIED OUT ILLEGALLY, BUT SMUGGLING ON A LARGE SCALE! THAT IS WHY THEY ARE RELUCTANT TO GIVE IT UP.
Ruzni Saturday, 11 April 2015 09:05 PM
If we enter our waters,, we will shoot you,, this is stupid,, Stay in your boundary
Prem Nath Saturday, 11 April 2015 03:08 PM
Its the Tamil Nadu government which is to be blamed for this debacle. They want a problem on the cards always to please their own Tamil population which will keep the stooges in power.
ranga Saturday, 11 April 2015 03:47 PM
We need to be firm on these bafoons...putting them behind bars and releasing them on the first call from higher ups from India is putting our Navy in disgrace...shame on the leaders here...
ranga Saturday, 11 April 2015 04:31 PM
No point blaming them...for our internal politics are only intended in clinging on to power...
T.A.KUMAR Saturday, 11 April 2015 04:41 PM
The big bully India please do not come to our waters and damage the fishing industry by bottom trawling this is done to satisfy some rich Mafia. Modi if you have a backbone you could please advice your T.N. fisherman and stop it. If not well done S.L.navy keep damaging their boats and if you need help ask China or Pakistan they will love to help you
Subha Sunday, 12 April 2015 02:34 AM
Protest by them must have looked like a zoo!Naduans should be shot.. then they will stop illegal fishing and drug smuggling..
dilip Saturday, 11 April 2015 06:08 PM
I think Mr. Ranil has guts, to say that these idiots should be shot. I fully agree with him On this matter.What do these cheap Tamil fish mongers think they are doing? Our president should be stronger. If India dose not keep their part of the bargain might as well shoot the buggers.
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