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* Tamil Nadu CM asks Indian PM to secure release of 82 Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lanka
Sun, Jun 8, 2014, 08:25 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 08, Chennai: Following the arrest of 73 Tamil Nadu fishermen by Sri Lanka Navy yesterday for poaching in Sri Lankan waters, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Sunday (June 08) wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking an end to the arrests by the "marauding Sri Lankan Navy".

In her letter to Modi, Jayalalithaa cited the arrest of 82 fishermen by Lankan Navy yesterday in two separate incidents and said the "time has now come to lay down a time bound action plan to achieve a long-term, permanent solution to the problem," to "put an end to the unabated, brutal, unprovoked attacks on and abduction of our fishermen by the marauding Sri Lankan Navy."

"The repetition of such aggressive acts by the Sri Lankan side, immediately after the change in Government at the Centre and the consequent reset in our relations with Sri Lanka does not seem to augur well for the peaceful pursuit of fishing in the Palk Bay by fishermen from Tamil Nadu," the Chief Minister wrote.

The Chief Minister, who refuses to acknowledge that the Katchatheevu islet belongs to Sri Lanka, asked the Indian government to "strongly and decisively" deal with the Sri Lankan government "at the highest diplomatic level" to secure the historic fishing rights of the Tamil Nadu fishermen in the Palk Bay region.

She sought a permanent solution to the problem and asked the PM to put in place a "strong and robust diplomatic response."

"As an immediate measure, I request you to kindly ensure that India registers the strongest disapproval of the belligerent actions of the SriLankan Navy."

She urged the Prime Minister to have the issue taken up at the" highest level on the Sri Lankan side" to secure the immediate release of the 82 Indian fishermen apprehended on7th June, 2014, with their 18 fishing boats.

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