32 TN fishermen in Qatar prison

Thirty-two Tamil Nadu fishermen are lodged in a Qatar prison for the past two months after they were taken into custody by the Qatar coastguard for straying into that country`s waters, official sources here said Monday.

Updated: Oct 04, 2010, 15:09 PM IST

Nagercoil (TN): Thirty-two Tamil Nadu
fishermen are lodged in a Qatar prison for the past two months
after they were taken into custody by the Qatar coastguard for
straying into that country`s waters, official sources here
said Monday.

Eighteen fishermen from Kadiyapattinam and 14 from
Inayam, Muttom and Periyavillai in Kanyakumari district of
Tamil Nadu, working in Saudi Arabia, had strayed into Qatar
waters and were arrested by that country`s Coastguard on July
10.

On behalf of the South Asian Fishermen Fraternity
Forum, a Christian priest, Father Churchill, today handed over
a memorandum to District Collector Rajendra Retnoo seeking
steps for their release, official sources said.

The memorandum alleged that the owner had not taken
any steps for their release and that they were being
tortured at the Jeneya-II prison where they had been lodged.

The collector has promised that the Government would
take necessary steps, the sources added.

PTI