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Stalin urges EAM to secure release of fishermen from Lankan custody


Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K.Stalin today urged

External Affairs Minister Dr.S.Jaishankar to secure the immediate release

of 23 fishermen apprehended by the Sri Lankan Navy along with their

five boats yesterday.

In a Demi-Official to Jaishankar, copies of which were released to the

media here, he said in yet another incident, 23 fishermen from TN along

with five fishing boats were apprehended by Sri Lankan Navy yesterday.

He said in this year alone, 221 Tamil Nadu fishermen were apprehended

by Sri Lankan Navy.

The repeated instances of arrests by the Sri Lankan navy are causing

severe stress and anguish among the fishermen community in Tamil

Nadu who are solely dependant on fishing, he added.

“The fragile coastal economy is facing a crisis and it needs our support”,

Stalin said.

“Further, as of now, 105 fishing boats of Tamil Nadu are still under the

custody of Sri Lanka and due to continuous efforts, the apprehended

fishermen are released but their fishing boats still remain under the

Sri Lankan custody”, the Chief Minister pointed out.

He urged Dr Jaishankar to take necessary diplomatic initiatives to

restrain the Sri Lankan Navy from apprehending our fishermen and

also enable the early release of all the fishermen and their fishing

boats now under Sri Lankan custody.

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