Aug 29,Chennai: The Chief Minister of India's Tamil Nadu state J. Jayalalithaa today criticized the central Indian government for remaining a "mute spectator" on the issue of fishermen detained in Sri Lanka's jails.
In a fourth letter within a month to the Prime Minister Manmohan Sangha, the Chief Minister said the Indian government's "very muted response" has emboldened the Sri Lankan Navy to repeatedly arrest Tamil Nadu fishermen and their aggressive actions are worsening day by day.
Drawing attention to the latest arrest of 35 fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy on August 26th, Jayalalithaa said despite her repeated requests to the Prime Minister to secure the early release of the fishermen, the Indian government remains a mute spectator.
She said the central government has to take positive and concrete steps to secure the early release of the 82 fishermen who are already in Sri Lankan jails for months together and the 35 fishermen who were arrested on August 26th.
"Else the deep sense of frustration and anger amongst the fishermen community of Tamil Nadu against the Government of India will only mount further," the Chief Minister warned.
Jayalalithaa in her letter once again urged the Prime Minister to take immediate action through diplomatic channels to secure the release of all the Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu who are in Sri Lankan custody along with their boats and arrange for their immediate repatriation.