29 TN fishermen detained by Lankan navy

An official said that the Indian fishermen from Akkaraipettai in Nagapattinam district of TN, along with their boats, had been taken to a Sri Lankan army camp in Trincomallee, where they have been detained.

Rameswaram: Twentynine fishermen from Nagapattinam district in Tamil Nadu were on Thursday detained by Sri Lankan naval personnel when they were fishing off Trincomallee coast in Sri Lanka, a fisheries department official said.

The navalmen also took their three boats along with them, according to information reaching Joint Director of Fisheries Department, Subburaj.

He said that the fishermen from Akkaraipettai in Nagapattinam district, along with their boats, had been taken to an army camp in Trincomallee, adding, they have been detained there.

On December 23, fishing nets of a group of fishermen from Rameswaram were allegedly cut by Lankan navy personnel when they were fishing near Katchatheevu and four fishermen were taken into custody while fishing there two days earlier.

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi voicing concern at recurring instances of such arrests.

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