TN fishermen protest against Sri Lankan navy chasing fishers, destroying nets

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CHENNAI: Fishermen in Tamil Nadu’s Rameswaram space have been protesting towards the Sri Lankan Navy chasing away fishers and destroying the fishing nets.

The protests began on Tuesday.

Not too long ago, eight Indian fishermen from Pudukottai in Tamil Nadu have been arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy.

The fishermen affiliation leaders informed IANS that the protest was towards the destruction of fishing nets and boats and the Sri Lankan Navy creating hurdles for the Indian fishermen from fishing within the sea.

Jesuraj, President of All Mechanized Fishing Boats Affiliation whereas chatting with IANS mentioned, “The fishermen from Rameswaram had commenced fishing on Monday night after a week of protest against the arrest of Indian fishermen by the Lankan Navy. However, on Tuesday early morning when they were fishing near the International Maritime Border Line (IMBL), the fishermen were chased away by the Lankan Navy officers. This led to the destruction of fishing nets and damage to boats.”

He mentioned that every fishing boat had misplaced round Rs 1 lakh in damages and 25 fishing boats returned to the shores empty-handed.

R. Christopher, a fisherman from Rameswaram whereas chatting with IANS mentioned, “Our life is going through a difficult phase. The Sri Lankans are turning more and more aggressive by the day. If the Government of India and the Government of Tamil Nadu do not take any immediate action, our lives will become miserable and we don’t know how to go ahead.”

Eight Indian fishermen from Pudukottai, who have been arrested on Tuesday by the Sri Lankan navy for crossing the IMBL, are in custody and their mechanized boats are additionally below siege.

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