Lankan Navy arrests 33 TN fishermen

They also seized six mechanised boats, he further said, adding that the fishermen and the boats have also been taken to Talaimannar.

By: Press Trust of India | Rameswaram | Published:June 2, 2014 2:39 am

Thirty-three Tamil Nadu fishermen were arrested by Sri Lankan Navy in separate incidents while they were fishing near Katchatheevu, an islet in the Palk Strait, police and fisheries officials said on Sunday.

The arrest comes days after Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa ordered the release of all detained Indian fishermen in a goodwill gesture, ahead of his visit to the swearing-in of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 26.

Four fishermen of Rameswaram were arrested by on Sunday morning after they got stranded near Katchatheevu when their boat developed a technical snag, ‘Q’ branch police inspector Kennedy and Pamban fishermen organisation functionary U Arulanandam said. The fishermen and the boat have been taken to Talaimannar.

On Saturday night, 29 other Rameswaram fishermen were arrested by the Lankan Navy near the same area. They were part of a group of fishermen, who set out in 727 boats from here, M Gopinath, Rameswaram Fisheries assistant director said. They also seized six mechanised boats, he further said, adding that the fishermen and the boats have also been taken to Talaimannar.

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  1. N
    Jun 2, 2014 at 5:01 pm
    If the fishermen go into Lankan waters they need to be picked up. No question with it. Next is how to take forward. Cant we have joint patrol on Indo- srilankan waters where the joint petrol team picks up and punish them if they suspect any thing like smuggling or terrorism.
  2. g
    Jun 1, 2014 at 10:05 pm
    Why Arrest? If Fishermen stray across a border the boats should be boarded and checked . If they are found to be genuine fishermen they should be towed back to the border and given a warning. Only if the same boat or same fishermen repeatedly try to fish on the other side should they be fined and/or arrested. The Sri Lankan Navy needs to understand they live in the Indian Ocean and mistreating Indian fishermen is counterproductive. Cutting off all telephone cables going to Lanka using frogmen might be a good first step. Closing down Lankan Airspace by doing missile tests crossing the island during the hours that tourist planes want to land might be the next step. Imposing anti-dumping duties on Sri Lankan exports might be third step. Imposing third party sanctions so that any company which does business in Sri Lanka cannot do business with Indian companies or enies (including those based in mauritius ) might be a 4th Step. If despite these Sri Lankan govt still does not agree we can start War Crimes Investigation and have warrants issued for Raaksa.
  3. N
    Jun 1, 2014 at 9:33 pm
    It is imperative that India provide Coast Guard/Navy escort to Indian fishermen, and be willing to stare down the Lankan Navy. Lanka at this point in time, does not seem to understand civil language and is acting with impunity. By the way, I am not a not from Tamil nadu and I do not understand this language. I also do not care for Amma's tantrums. These incidents seem to conflict with Indian interests and must be met with firmness.
  4. T
    Jun 2, 2014 at 10:07 pm
    Thank you brother!