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.
Members in Parliament Wednesday voiced concern over remarks of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe that his country's Navy has the right to shoot any "intruder", prompting the government to express willingness for a debate on the issue.
More than 10 Tamil Nadu fishermen on Tuesday suffered injuries and bruises when they were attacked by Sri Lankan Navy personnel when they were fishing near Katchatheevu, ignoring their warning, police said.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam today asked the Centre to take urgent steps for release of 29 fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy, besides releasing a financial package of Rs 1,520 crore for improving the socio-economic status of the state's fishermen.
Sri Lankan naval personnel allegedly threatened and chased away Tamil Nadu fishermen when they were fishing near Katchatheevu early Tuesday morning, a local representative of the Fishermen's Association said.
In an unpleasant development which will further strain India's bilateral ties with Sri Lanka, a court in the Island nation Thursday awarded death penalty to five fishermen from Tamil Nadu for allegedly smuggling drugs.
Twenty-four fishermen from Tamil Nadu, arrested by Sri Lankan Navy on charges of violating International Maritime Boundary Line and lodged in a prison in Jaffna, are on a fast since yesterday demanding their release.