Fishermen here on Saturday began an indefinite strike demanding that the Union Government trace a missing fisherman from the state, who fell into the sea, after the boat in which he was sailing sank while allegedly being chased by a Sri Lankan naval vessel.
Taking exception to the continued arrests of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy, the Tamil Nadu government has told the Centre that Colombo's "dubious actions" has resulted in the situation at sea remaining "precarious."
Voicing concern over the arrest of Indian fishermen by Lankan Navy in the 'vicinity' of Katchatheevu, the Tamil Nadu government has once again raised the demand that India "retrieve" the islet from Sri Lanka.
In the backdrop of Pakistan releasing 163 Indian fishermen lodged in a Karachi jail, police here on Tuesday said the fishermen from the neighbouring country jailed in Gujarat's Dwarka prison will be released only after "confirmation" of their nationality by the Centre.
A fishermen body today appealed to the central and Tamil Nadu governments to secure the release of seven fishermen from Kanyakumari district who had been arrested by the Qatar authorities for entering into their sea zone on July 3.
One of the two Sri Lankan Tamils arrested last night along with communication gadgets and cyanide in the district has been identified as Krishnakumar, a close associate of slain LTTE supremo V Prabhakaran, police said on Tuesday.
Sri Lankan Navy personnel allegedly chased away Rameswaram fishermen by throwing stones at their boats while they were fishing near Katchatheevu on Thursday, a local fishermen organisation functionary said.
Italy on Monday made a fresh plea before the Supreme Court saying it has invoked international arbitration challenging India's jurisdiction to try two of its marines, accused of killing two Indian fishermen three years ago, as the court allowed one of them to remain in Italy for six more months on medical grounds.