Indian fishermen protest arrests by Sri Lankan navy
April 11, 2015 11:35 am
The fishermen of Rameswaram staged a demonstration, protesting against the arrest of fishermen and confiscation of their boats by Sri Lankan navy and urging the authorities to secure their traditional fishing rights in the Palk Bay.
Led by fishermen leader P. Sesu Raja, members of all mechanised boats fishermen associations, raised slogans against the Lankan navy on Friday. Mr. Raja urged the Centre to prevail upon the Lankan government to secure the release of boats and fishermen arrested after the third round of talks in Chennai on March 24.
He said when the Indian fishermen were expecting a favourable response from Lankan Tamil fishermen for reaching an agreement for peaceful fishing, there were disturbing reports of Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena ordering the arrest of Indian fishermen who crossed the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL). – The Hindu