A day after it filed an appeal against the Sri Lankan high court verdict giving death sentence to five Indian fishermen, India on Wednesday said it wants "immediate and unconditional" release of its nationals.
Sri Lankan Navy, who on Saturday surprised Indian fishermen trawling near Katchatheevu by offering them soft drinks and sweets, attacked eight fishermen in the Indian territory off Dhamushkodi coast early on Sunday, Fiseries Department sources said.
With his fate shrouded in mystery after he was jailed in Pakistan, a Gujarat fisherman`s family has approached the Centre and top Congress leaders to help them travel to the neighbouring country to find out if he is "dead or alive".
Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino has said India`s move to try two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fisherman under an anti-piracy act has left her "dumbfounded and outraged", saying Rome will challenge it in the "strongest terms."
Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Saturday said he would like Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to ask the Pakistan Government to release the body of a dead Indian fisherman and hand it back to his family for last rites.
A Indian fisherman was killed and 30 others were allegedly kidnapped by Pakistani Maritime Security Agency, which took them away in five boats from international waters off Jakhau coast in Gujarat, a member of fishermen boat association said.