July 10, Colombo: The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu state Edappadi K. Palaniswami says Sri Lanka is showcasing its "high-handedness" by continuing to arrest the Indian fishermen violating the island's territorial water for poaching.
In a letter to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi following the arrest of three Indian fishermen by Sri Lanka Navy, the Chief Minister said the Sri Lankan government's strategy of arresting the fishermen and impounding their boats causing an irreparable damage to them.
He said when the Government of India as well as Government of Tamil Nadu are taking all possible efforts to bring an amicable solution to the fishing issues in the Palk Bay, the Sri Lankan Government’s response is not only disappointing but also a showcase of its high-handedness.
The Chief Minister reiterated that the retrieval of Katchatheevu and the refutation of the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) only would bring a lasting solution to this "vexatious" issue.
He requested the Prime Minister Modi to immediately intervene to secure the release of the 53 fishermen and 144 fishing boats detained under Sri Lankan custody.