40 Indian fishermen return home
Forty Indian fishermen were detained by Sri Lankan Navy on December 3 off Nagapattinam and Karaikal coasts.
Rameswaram: Forty Indian fishermen detained by Sri Lankan Navy on December 3 off Nagapattinam and Karaikal coasts have arrived here after their release by authorities in the island nation.
The fishermen arrived here last evening, officials said.
The detention of the 40 fishermen had prompted Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to shoot off a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on December 5, seeking his intervention to urge Colombo to immediately release them.
She had said such "harassment" had become a regular occurrence and that the Lankan Navy`s action would only escalate the tensions between the two countries and cause unrest and anxiety among the fishermen community.
Meanwhile, in another incident, 272 fishermen who put out to sea in 68 boats yesterday were intercepted near Katchathivu islet by the Sri Lankan Navy, the sources, said adding the naval personnel fired in the air and cut their fishing nets. The fishermen then returned ashore.