An official said that the Indian fishermen from Akkaraipettai in Nagapattinam district of TN, along with their boats, had been taken to a Sri Lankan army camp in Trincomallee, where they have been detained.
The process for release of 126 Tamil Nadu fishermen lodged in Sri Lankan prisons was underway and they were expected to be released by the third week of this month, a Lankan fishermen association leader said on Saturday.
Thirty-four Tamil Nadu fishermen were on Tuesday arrested in separate batches by Sri Lankan Naval personnel near Katchatheevu in the Palk Straits and close to the Lankan coast respectively, a fisheries department official said.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Sunday urged the Prime Minister to take up the arrest of the state's fishermen at a high political level with Sri Lanka and sought immediate release of 54 fishermen and their 34 boats, including 19 who were apprehended yesterday.
Tamil Nadu Government today made a slew of announcements for the welfare of fishermen including subsidised Distress Alert Transmitters (DAT) and life buoys, fibre coracles and floating cages for fish breeding.
Hours after Sri Lankan Navy apprehended 16 Indian fishermen for allegedly violating the International Maritime Boundary, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention for their release along with their boats.
All the Tamil Nadu fishermen, who were recently arrested by Sri Lankan Navy, reached here on Wednesday night after a court in the island nation ordered their release, Fisheries Department sources said.
New Delhi: Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Thursday welcomed Colombo's move to release five Tamil Nadu fishermen who were sentenced to death on charges of drug trafficking, describing the decision as arising out of the great positioning of India internationally under the pioneering leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.