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The fisherfolk of the district on Saturday launched an indefinite fast demanding the release of those arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy.

The fishermen were on indefinite work boycott for the seventh day, demanding that the government announced a date for talks between the fishermen of the two countries.

Calling for the release of the 210 fishermen and 70 boats currently under detention in Sri Lanka, the fisherfolk from Pazhayar, Sirkazhi and Kodiakkarai arrived here in large numbers in support of their protesting colleagues.

The arrest of 111 Nagapattinam-based fishermen last week had prompted them to go on an indefinite work strike. Attempts at persuading them to give up their fast failed as their representatives refused to heed to the request of Nagapattinam tahsildar.

Later in the evening, Collector T. Munusamy, along with Superintendent of Police Sibi Chakravarthi and Revenue Divisional Officer Sivapriya, arrived at the venue. Even an assurance of government’s positive intervention failed to convince them.

Representatives of SDPI, CPI(M) and BJP also participated in the hunger fast.(The Hindu)
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  • ind Sunday, 22 December 2013 06:42 AM

    fast until lunch!

    Suq Madique Sunday, 22 December 2013 07:04 AM

    While they fast our fishermen can feast on fish.

    Suq Madique Sunday, 22 December 2013 07:06 AM

    So far we have not heard any of the northern leaders condemn tamil nadu for poaching in our waters. This alone shows where their loyalty lies. The northerners are just mere pawns to used and spat out when they are of no use.

    ANTON Sunday, 22 December 2013 07:08 AM

    WHAT IS THIS DAMN TUG OF WAR, EITHER THEY ARE MAD OR WE ARE MAD.

    lalaka Sunday, 22 December 2013 07:52 AM

    Why is it that people in the north of sri lanka silent about the whole affair- looks like they are not bothered like their tamil nadu friend

    Grace Sunday, 22 December 2013 08:56 AM

    Until their strike ends their victims will survive..

    Ramani Sunday, 22 December 2013 09:53 AM

    Please go ahead on your strike forever!!!

    investigator Sunday, 22 December 2013 10:32 AM

    fish in the sea are very happy with the news.at least they kept in hunger,saved thousands of lives of fish for few weeks and light punishment for killing fish for eat while vegetarin natural food are in abondence.

    ganesh Monday, 23 December 2013 11:27 AM

    no you are mad!

    Shehan Sunday, 22 December 2013 10:45 AM

    Most of these fasts usually last for a few hours.
    When their bellies are empty, to hell with the 210 fishermen and 70 boats!

    Powerless Sunday, 22 December 2013 12:39 PM

    Tamils in Lanka has been silenced. You are all on your own.


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