TN fishermen block roads demanding release of 24 fishermen detained by Sri Lankan Navy

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CHENNAI: A few days after the Sri Lankan Navy detained 24 Indian fishermen, the mechanized boat fishermen of Jagadapattinam coastal village in Tamil Nadu’s Pudukkottai district on Wednesday staged a protest by blocking roads within the space demanding their launch.

Chief Minister MK Stalin has already sought the intervention of Ministry of Exterior Affairs for the discharge of the fishermen.

The costly mechanized boats of the fishermen are additionally within the custody of the Sri Lankan Navy.

Fishermen from Jagadapattinam coast within the Pudukkottai district of Tamil Nadu had been taken into custody by the Sri Lankan Navy close to the Worldwide Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) whereas they had been fishing.

The Sri Lankan Navy charged that the Indian fishermen had crossed into the Sri Lankan waters and had been fishing inside their territory and therefore the arrest.

Fishermen’s affiliation of Pudukottai are protesting on the streets with ladies and kids in tow and have demanded each the state and central governments to behave instantly for the discharge of their brethren.

The fishermen have urged the Ministry of Exterior Affairs, the Authorities of India, and the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister to take up the matter with the Sri Lankan authorities and to make sure the discharge of the fishermen within the custody of the Sri Lankan Navy.

R. Rajesh Kumar, a fisherman from Jagadapattinam, Pudukottai whereas talking to IANS stated, “We are suffering losses due to these arrests and incarceration by the Sri Lankan navy. The costly mechanized boats seized by the Navy later rust in their custody and we become liable to the banks from where we had taken loans for buying these boats. The Government of India must act and bring about a permanent solution to the issue which is taking a toll on our nerves. Many are on the verge of a nervous breakdown and we appeal to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and Union External Affairs minister, Jaishankar to wake up for our cause.”

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