June 08, New Delhi: The Indian government said today that its Ministry of External Affairs is in contact with Sri Lankan authorities to secure the release of scores of Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy Saturday.
India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has directed the Indian High Commission in Colombo to take up the issue with the Sri Lankan government, Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said at the media briefing today in response to a question on the arrest.
"She has instructed our High Commission in Colombo to actively pursue this. Our High Commission right now is taking this up with the Sri Lankan authorities," the Spokesperson said.
Sri Lanka Navy arrested 82 Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu in three separate incidents on Saturday and seized 18 of their boats.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa in a letter urged the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take up the issue with the "highest level" of the Sri Lankan government.