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Sri Lanka seized 94 fishing boats, 10 fishermen, be certain their delivery: TN govt to EAM

Bibliometric Details: Issue No: 8 | Issue Month:August | Issue Year:2022

The fishermen speak between India and Sri Lanka has again surfaced after the Sri Lankan Navy arrested 10 Indian fishermen on costs of alleged poaching, on Monday (August 22). As the fishermen belong to the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the state’s chief minister has sought the intervention of India’s exterior affairs minister on this speak.

Chief minister MK Stalin wrote to Dr S Jaishankar, stating​ that Sri Lanka has seized 94 fishing boats from Tamil Nadu and has currently arrested 10 fishermen hailing from the state. 

This letter emphasised that the most up-to-date arrest of Indian fishermen is the fifth such instance since June and that these incidents continue unabated, intimidate the fishermen and hamper their livelihoods. To boot to the delivery of the fishermen, Stalin furthermore talked about that the boat householders be exempt from in-individual appearances in a Lankan court. 

“The apprehended Tamil Nadu fishermen own been released on the location that the owner of the boat must quiet seem sooner than the Sri Lankan court in individual to advise the ownership of the boat. Here is however no longer feasible pondering the prevailing speak in Sri Lanka and attributable to this truth exemption from non-public look could perchance be sought for the boat householders,” the letter talked about. 

Within the meantime, Sri Lanka’s navy maintains that the Indian trawler was once poaching in their waters, off Mullativu, by technique of the Global Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL). Their assertion talked about that the 10 Indian fishermen own been being taken to the Trincomalee harbour and that they could perchance be handed over to the Fisheries Inspector of Trincomalee for unprejudiced action. 

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