TN fishermen arrested by Lankan Navy allegedly for violating IMBL

TN fishermen arrested by Lankan Navy allegedly for violating IMBL
Just a few days after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami urged the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take diplomatic measures for the release of Indian fishermen who are in Sri Lankan custody, five fishermen were arrested and their boat were seized by the Lankan navy on Sunday on the charges of violation of International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL).
 
Fisheries department sources here said that fishermen from Rameswaram ventured into the sea in the morning and they were fishing off Nedutheevu. Sri Lankan navy intercepted the boat and arrested five fishermen beside seizing their boats.
 
Last month, six fishermen from Tamil Nadu, who were arrested by the Lankan authorities, were lodged in Sri Lankan jail.
 
Last Tuesday, Chief Minister Palaniswami asked Modi to take up fishermen issue urgently with the concerned authorities in Sri Lanka and arrange for an early release of the 135 fishing boats and 11 fishermen currently in Sri Lankan custody.
 
Palaniswami also pointed out that Sri Lankan Government is following a deft strategy of not releasing the fishermen and their fishing boats.
 
He said fishing boats are perilously berthed and are in imminent threat of irreparable damage due to long periods of disuse and the onslaught of the monsoon.

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