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7 August 2013 12:36 pm - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


India today summoned Sri Lankan High Commissioner and issued a demarche on the issue of 114 Indian fishermen lodged in Lankan jails.

Sri Lankan High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam was summoned by Joint Secretary (BSM) Harsh Vardhan Shringla and a formal demarche made against the large number of Indian fishermen who are in their custody, official sources said.

India's High Commission in Colombo too raised this matter formally with the Lankan Foreign Ministry today.

"It was pointed out that the delay in release of the fishermen not only deprives them of their livelihood but also causes anxiety to their family members," the sources said.

Currently, there are 114 Indian fishermen and 21 fishing boats in Sri Lankan custody held over various periods of up to two months.

The Consulate General of India in Jaffna is in regular touch with the Indian fishermen who are in Sri Lankan custody and has been providing them basic necessities and medical attention whenever required.

Today's demarche follows the issue being previously raised by the External Affairs Minister with the Sri Lankan Minister of Economic Development, Basil Rajapakse, during the latter's visit to New Delhi last month.(PTI)

  Comments - 9

  • Kolomba Kakka Wednesday, 07 August 2013 12:57 PM

    Does it mean that India wants every time when these people get caught to release them without any punishment/warning?

    Suq Madique Wednesday, 07 August 2013 12:58 PM

    Now India interferes in our justice system also? They should be talking to their fishermen instead and advising them not to poach

    Grace Wednesday, 07 August 2013 01:14 PM

    Does India want us to treat the poachers like guests and send them back with gifts?

    mallie Wednesday, 07 August 2013 01:23 PM

    In Rihana's case, was Sri Lankan President interfering with Saudi justice system?

    Gerard Wednesday, 07 August 2013 02:05 PM

    Firstly, do we have a system of justice for India to interfere?

    Citizen L Wednesday, 07 August 2013 02:06 PM

    Fine and release the fishermen, keep the boats and auction them off to compensate for the loss to our income as a result of their poaching.

    Mangala Wednesday, 07 August 2013 02:17 PM

    How about our fishermen are in indian custody? Only way is, stop your fishermen intrude in to SL water. Do your job first and start talk. One day we, SL will have leader with spine to reply to your injustice.

    roy Thursday, 08 August 2013 11:17 AM

    India please understand.this is no more a democratic country.

    wernie Friday, 09 August 2013 10:55 AM

    Is it in Srilankan waters or not ?

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