Take steps on fishermen issue: Stalin to Center

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Monday urged External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to take steps at the highest level to release all fishermen and boats caught by the Sri Lankan Navy.

Referring to the arrest of six Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu’s Ramanathapuram district and the seizure of their boat by the Sri Lankan Navy on July 20, Stalin, in a letter to the Union minister, said that so far 92 fishing boats from the state have been involved in the case. Huh. Neighboring country custody.

Some of these were caught in 2018 and could be permanently damaged, he said. The caught fishermen were released on the condition that the boat owner must appear in person in a Sri Lankan court to claim ownership of the boat. Stalin said that due to the current situation in the island nation, this is not possible.

“I request a strong and coordinated response by the Government of India at the highest level to release all fishermen and fishing boats captured by the Sri Lankan Navy.”

“Furthermore, I urge the Government of India to take necessary action to exempt the fishermen from appearing in person before the Sri Lankan courts in view of the unprecedented situation there. I thank you for the support extended to bring back the 18 fishermen who were caught in the last few months.