Fishermen difficulty: Tamil Nadu urges Centre to seek out everlasting resolution to ‘vexatious difficulty’


Expressing concern over the ‘unabated’ situations of arrest of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy and assaults on the fishers, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Okay Stalin on Wednesday demanded the Centre’s speedy intervention in guaranteeing a everlasting resolution to the problem by partaking with Colombo.

Stalin advised Minister of Exterior Affairs S Jaishankar that 4 fishermen from Nagapattinam district within the state on February 17 “had been intercepted by a gaggle of unidentified Sri Lankan nationals round 3 pm, whereas they had been 8 nautical miles away from the Kodiyakarai coast.”

“On this assault, they had been robbed of their GPS, fish catch, gas and two cell phones,” he stated in a letter to the Union minister.

He additionally referred to the arrest of six Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy final week.

“Whereas I recognize the efforts and assist prolonged by the Ministry of Exterior Affairs on this regard thus far, I’m constrained to notice that such incidents have continued unabated,” Stalin stated.

“There have been 4 such incidents of apprehension by the Sri Lankan Navy within the final 30 days during which 7 fishing boats and 47 fishermen from Tamil Nadu had been apprehended. This creates concern among the many whole fishing neighborhood who’re depending on their conventional fishing grounds within the Palk Bay space of Nagapattinam coast,” the chief minister stated.

The bodily assaults and robbing of fishing property and the catch are completely towards any legislation and deprive the fishermen of their livelihood, he added.

“Due to this fact, I request you to take up this difficulty with the Sri Lankan authorities on the highest degree to provoke bilateral talks between the 2 nations to discover a everlasting resolution to this lengthy pending vexatious difficulty and to place in place practical mechanisms to cease such incidents in future,” Stalin stated within the letter.

“As on date, 29 fishermen and 82 fishing boats are nonetheless beneath the custody of Sri Lankan authorities. I subsequently solicit your pressing intervention for the early launch of the remaining fishermen from Tamil Nadu together with the fishing boats and their belongings that are beneath Sri Lankan custody,” the CM urged Jaishankar.



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