NDA ally, PMK, on Thursday asked the Centre to evolve a practical strategy to solve the contentious fishermen issue involving India and Sri Lanka and stressed that the row could be resolved only through dialogue.
Two teams of fishermen left here today for Sri Lanka to bring back 18 boats, released on the orders of a court in the island nation, after getting them repaired there, a top fisheries department official said.
Taking exception to the latest arrest of 37 Tamil Nadu fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Saturday appealed to the Centre to take it up at the highest diplomatic level and secure their immediate release as well as their boats.
The same trawlers that had enslaved countless migrant fishermen for years carried more than 300 of them to freedom on Saturday, following a dramatic rescue from a remote Indonesian island that many men believed would likely be their final resting place.
Local fishermen's associations on Friday expressed regret over President Maithripala Sirisena's remark that he has clearly instructed the island nation's navy to seize boats that violate the country's territorial waters.
Two Sri Lankan courts on Tuesday ordered the release of 54 Tamil Nadu fishermen, whose arrest by Sri Lankan Navy has threatened to derail talks between representatives of fishers of the two neighbouring countries, a Fisheries department official said here.
Fifty-four Indian fishermen have been arrested by Sri Lankan navy for allegedly poaching in the country's waters, days before the visit of a Lankan delegation to India to discuss the contentious fishermen issue.
A total of 135 fishermen from various coastal hamlets in the state would leave from here for Sri Lanka on Sunday morning to bring back the 87 boats seized by the island nation in 2014, a fisheries department official said.