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Annamalai seeks Jaishankar's intervention for repatriation of 12 Tamil fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan navy

The arrests of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy has been a concerning issue for both the Tamil Nadu government as well as the BJP-led central government.

Edited By: Arushi Jaiswal @JaiswalArushi Chennai Updated on: December 10, 2023 23:05 IST
Annamalai, Tamil Nadu
Image Source : FILE PHOT Tamil Nadu BJP Chief K Annamalai

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President K Annamalai has written a letter to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar requesting the ministry’s intervention for the repatriation of 12 fishermen who have been arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy.

Annamalai letter to Jaishankar 

"We bring to your kind attention the arrest of 12 Tamil fishermen from Nagapattinam by the Sri Lankan Navy on December 9, and their fishing boat bearing registration number IND-TN-06-MM-7675 was also apprehended. We request the kind intervention of our External Affairs Ministry for the early repatriation of the detainees and the release of their fishing boat," Annamalai said in the letter.

25 Indian fishermen detained

The Sri Lankan navy detained 25 Indian fishermen from Nagapattinam district in Tamil Nadu and Karaikal in the Union territory of Puducherry along with their two trawlers on Saturday (December 9). Of the arrested, 12 were hailing from the Akkaraipettai fishing hamlet in Nagapattinam and 13 fishermen from Kilinjalmedu in Karaikal. 

According to the Sri Lankan Navy, the fishermen were allegedly involved in 'illegal poaching' and were detained after a special operation on Saturday night. The apprehended fishermen were brought to the Kankasanthurai harbour and they will be handed over to the Mailadi Fisheries Inspector for further legal action.

 220 Indian fishermen apprehended in 2023

Last month, 27 Indian fishermen were released by the Sri Lankan authorities. They returned to the Chennai airport on separate days in sets of 12 and 15. A total of 33 Indian trawlers and 220 Indian fishermen have been apprehended by the Sri Lankan Navy in 2023 till now, the statement added.

Notably, the detentions of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy have been a source of concern for both the Tamil Nadu government and the BJP-led central government.

(With ANI inputs )

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