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Fishermen of Nagapattinam taluk on Sunday launched an indefinite strike demanding the release of fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy.

About 700 fibre boats of Nagapattinam taluk did not venture out.

Last week, 111 fishermen from Nagapattinam and 8 from Jagadapattinam were arrested for allegedly fishing in the territorial waters of Sri Lanka. Twenty-three boats, including eight, from Jagadapattinam were seized.

According to Thiruvaraiselvan, panchayatar, Akkarapettai fishing hamlet, there were over 210 fishermen, including the recently arrested fishermen, languishing in Sri Lankan jails, and about 70 boats in Sri Lankan custody. “The detention of 47 boats during the earlier arrests of fishermen of Nagapattinam and Karaikal remained unresolved affecting their livelihood. Similarly, there are 171 Sri Lankan fishermen and 31 boats in Indian custody,” says Thiruvaraiselvan.

According to the fishermen, the State and the Centre should declare a date for joint talks at the level of the fishermen of the two countries. Similarly, arrested fishermen of both countries should be released as a goodwill measure. “This will help ease the dialogue process,” says Mr. Thiruvaraiselvan.

Further, the fishermen resolved to widen the taluk-level strike, calling upon the participation of fishermen from the district and Karaikal this week. (Source: The Hindu)
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  • Jaya Tuesday, 17 December 2013 07:47 AM

    The only way the message will hit them hard is if you keep confiscating their boats and distribute them to the fishermen of the North-East.

    Suq Madique Tuesday, 17 December 2013 08:34 AM

    How funny, they're striking because they're not allowed to steal our fish? Maybe they should continue indefinitely and keep the peace.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 17 December 2013 09:31 AM

    Thank God for that: let them go on striking so that our fishermen can go on fishing without any hassle.

    Malin Wednesday, 18 December 2013 12:18 AM

    Blessing in disguise. Let them go on strike indefinitely to save fish in our waters for our fishermen.

    Maha_sudu_sinhalaya Tuesday, 17 December 2013 05:44 AM

    Ah good more fish for us :P

    Abdul Tuesday, 17 December 2013 06:00 AM

    we should launch a strike against illegal fishing in sri lankan territory. no one should steal our fish

    Nodrog Tuesday, 17 December 2013 06:08 AM

    Good let them remain on strike. We are not going to be the losers.

    Nalaka Tuesday, 17 December 2013 06:19 AM

    Don't release those who were arrested without legal action.
    Let them continue to strike in turn they won't poach our water ans our fishermen can enjoy trouble free season.

    Ramani Tuesday, 17 December 2013 06:20 AM

    Tell them to strike forever! Then Sri Lanka will not have any problem on Indian fishermen issue!


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