March 29, 2022
In a shocking report, four fishermen from India have been allegedly arrested by the Srilankan Navy officers. The fishermen hailed from the state of Tamil Nadu. The fishermen were arrested for allegedly violating the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL).
Fishermen organizations of Tamil Nadu alleged that the Sri Lankan navy also seized one mechanized boat used by the fishermen. Fishermen organizations and families of fishermen have been protesting for the past two days at Mandapam and Ramanathapuram against the arrest and detention of Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu.
S.J. Jesudas, a leader of the fishermen association of Tamil Nadu, told reporters, “The fishermen of Tamil Nadu are subjected to regular arrests by the Sri Lankan navy and both the Government of India and the Tamil Nadu government are keeping quiet. It is to be noted that Sri Lanka has taken Rs 100 crore loan from the Government of India for their survival, still, the island nation’s navy is arresting our fishermen and keeping them in jail.”
Mary Joseph, a fisherwoman at Rameswaram told reporters, “The situation here is very bad and our fishermen are reluctant to go to the sea fearing attack from the Sri Lankan navy. A new situation has arisen wherein fishermen from Sri Lanka are begging our fishermen for uncooked rice and liquor as the economic condition in the island nation is very bad. However, the arrogance of the Sri Lankan navy is unfounded and they are even assaulting our fishermen before taking them to the mainland and producing them in courts.”
Story By- Saayak Karmakar, Resident Editor, Interview Times
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