Rameswaram (TN): Mechanized boat fishermen
began an indefinite strike here today,demanding immediate
release of 13 fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan naval personnel
since November 28, last year.
A decision in this regard was taken at an emergency
meeting of fishermen`s associations, which urged the Centre to
take steps to release all the fishermen, B Seshuraja, District
Secretary of Tamil Nadu Coastal Mechanized Boats Fishermen
Association and Emerit, leader of Rameswaram Fishermen Welfare
Association told reporters here.
They also urged both Sri Lanka and India not to arrest
fishermen if they cross the International Maritime Boundary
They alleged that the Centre was not taking any steps
to protect the lives of fishermen "despite getting crores of
Rupees from the fishing industry" and said fishermen were
afraid of putting out to sea due to frequent attacks by Sri
Lankan naval personnel.
While five fishermen were arrested by the Lankan Navy on
Nov 28 and later imprisoned on drug smuggling charges,
another four were held on Jan 3.And yesterday four more
fishermen were held, they said.