Sri Lankan Navy Arrests Seven Fishermen for ‘Trespassing’

Sri Lankan Navy Arrests Seven Fishermen for 'Trespassing'
Sri Lankan Navy Arrests Seven Fishermen for 'Trespassing'
Sri Lankan Navy Arrests Seven Fishermen for 'Trespassing'
Sri Lankan Navy Arrests Seven Fishermen for 'Trespassing'

Sri Lankan Navy Arrests Seven Fishermen for ‘Trespassing’

Sri Lankan Navy Arrests Seven Fishermen for ‘Trespassing’ Image/SriLankanNavy

Sri Lankan Navy Arrests Seven Fishermen for ‘Trespassing’

In a recent incident, the Sri Lankan Navy apprehended seven Indian fishermen on March 10, accusing them of trespassing while fishing near Neduntheevu Naval Camp, Sri Lanka. The arrests occurred 32 nautical miles away from their point of departure at the Jegathapattinam barge port on March 9. The detained fishermen, identified as Kaliappan, Akhilan, Kodi Mari, Sheikh Abdullah, Thangaraj, Jayaraman, and Saravanan, hail from Nagapattinam, Ramanathapuram, and Pudukottai Districts.

Concerns Raised by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin voiced his concerns about the escalating attacks on the state’s fishing community by the Sri Lankan authorities. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Stalin urgently requested intervention to resolve the issue. The Chief Minister emphasized the severe impact of these incidents on the fishermen’s right to livelihood, as they have historically utilized these fishing waters.

Alarming Statistics Highlighting the Issue

Highlighting the gravity of the situation, Chief Minister Stalin shared statistics indicating the escalation of the problem. In 2023, the Sri Lankan navy arrested 243 fishermen and seized 37 boats. However, in the past 28 days alone, there have been six incidents resulting in the apprehension of 88 fishermen and the seizure of 12 boats. The frequency and intensity of such incidents underscore the need for swift and effective resolution to safeguard the livelihoods of the fishing communities involved.

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