29 Indian fishermen detained by Sri Lanka’s navy

TN Fishermen

Around twenty-nine fishermen from Nagapattinam district in Tamil Nadu were detained by Sri Lankan naval personnel on December 31 when they were fishing off Trincomallee coast in Sri Lanka, according to a fisheries department official.

The naval men also took their three boats along with them, according to Subburaj, the Joint Director of Fisheries Department. Mr Subburaj said that the fishermen from Akkaraipettai in Nagapattinam district, along with their boats, had been taken to an army camp in Trincomalee.  They have been detained there, he added.

The fishing nets of a group of fishermen from Rameswaram were allegedly cut by Lankan navy personnel on December 23 when they were fishing near Katchatheevu. Four fishermen were taken into custody while fishing there two days earlier.

Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing her concerns at recurring instances of such arrests.

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