Tamil Nadu: On October 11, 23 fishermen from Nagapattinam were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for crossing the maritime boundary. They were in two mechanized boats when they were surrounded by naval officers who informed them that they had crossed the border. The fishermen were arrested and sent to Kankesanthurai naval camp in Sri Lanka. Chief Minister MK Stalin on Friday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention in ensuring the release of fishermen from the state who were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy and sought a permanent solution to the issue related to them.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, a copy of which was released to the press, Stalin said that the fishermen who set out to sea from Nagapattinam on 11 October were arrested by the Navy on 13 October near the traditional fishing base of Point Pedro. Have been taken. Karainagar naval base where he was detained. Stalin said it was highly condemnable. An official press release by the Tamil Nadu government said he urged the Prime Minister to take immediate intervention and take steps to permanently end the long-standing dispute between Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen. urged to lift
The chief minister asked Modi to take up the issue at the diplomatic level with the Sri Lankan authorities and ensure the freedom of the 23 fishermen. He said the continuing attacks on innocent Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy is a matter of grave concern. The fishermen of Nagapattinam sought the help of the state government to release the arrested fishermen. He said the fishing community was already grappling with the financial crisis induced by the COVID-19 pandemic and the work had started only recently.