Jan 06, Chennai: Following the arrest of 10 Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Nay on Wednesday, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu O. Panneerselvam urged the government of India to send a "firm, clear, unequivocal and unambiguous message" to Sri Lanka to ensure such incidents will not happen.
In a letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister said it is unfortunate that this incident has taken place at a time when the Tamil Nadu fishermen were hopeful that a pragmatic and permanent solution to this issue would emerge from the Ministerial level meeting which took place at Colombo on Monday.
"A firm, clear, unequivocal and unambiguous message should be sent out by the Government of India to the Sri Lankan side to ensure that these trends are reversed and thereby clearly signal that the Government of India is firmly committed to protect the livelihood of the poor and innocent fishermen from Tamil Nadu who are engaged in their traditional occupation and fishing in their traditional waters," Panneerselvam said in his letter.
Sri Lanka Navy personnel arrested the 10 fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters northwest of Delft Island on Wednesday.
Reiterating the demand to restore the traditional fishing rights of Tamil Nadu fishermen in the Palk Bay by annulling the Indo-Sri Lankan agreement of 1974, the Chief Minister urged the Government of India to take up the arrest of fishermen by the Sri Lankan at the highest diplomatic level Navy and to take necessary steps to ensure the safety and security of the fishermen.
He also requested the Government of India to secure the immediate release of 61 fishermen and 116 fishing boats in Sri Lankan custody without delay.