Jayalalithaa writes to PM Modi, after the arrest of 5 fishermen by Sri Lankan navy1 min read . Updated: 04 Jul 2016, 03:04 PM IST
Jayalalithaa demands action, says repeated instances of arrest of Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy a matter of concern
Chennai: Following the arrest of five fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy on Sunday, Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa wrote yet another letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding action.
The fishermen, who were in a mechanized fishing boat and were from the Rameswaram fishing base of Ramanathapuram district, were caught by the Sri Lankan Navy in the early hours of Sunday and taken to Kankesanthurai, Sri Lanka.
“This is to bring to your notice yet another incident in which five fishermen of Tamil Nadu have been apprehended by the Sri Lankan Navy," Jayalalithaa wrote.
She also added that these repeated instances is a matter of “grave concern".
“I have repeatedly emphasized the importance of the Government of India undertaking a strong diplomatic offensive to uphold the rights and interests of Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu," said Jayalalithaa.
Once again, pointing out the issue of Katchatheevu island, the chief minister said, “unconstitutional ceding of the Indian territory" by the agreements of 1974 and 1976 have been challenged on valid legal grounds in the Supreme Court of India.
“I request that a calibrated set of actions is immediately initiated to ensure that our fishermen are allowed to pursue their livelihood with freedom in their traditional waters," said Jayalalithaa in the letter addressed to the prime minister.
At present, 34 fishermen and 95 fishing boats are in Sri Lankan custody, including the five fishermen arrested on Sunday and their mechanised fishing boats.