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Mon. Aug 8th, 2022
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RAMESWARAM: Fishermen from Tamil Nadu‘s Rameswaram on Sunday staged a protest condemning the attacks on Indian fishermen and their imprisonment by the Sri Lankan Navy.
On July 20, the Sri Lankan Navy arrested six Indian fishermen and seized their boats, claiming that they had crossed the country’s territorial waters.
Following this, the Rameswaram fishermen have been on a strike for the past three days, condemning the Lankan Navy’s engagement in the violations of an agreement, including capture of the fishermen and seizure of boat, demanding their immediate release.
On Sunday, the fishermen, led by All Fishermen’s Union president NJ Bose, protested in front of Rameswaram bus stand, condemning the Lankan Navy, which is engaged in the violation of Katchatheevu Agreement, and criticised India’s central and state governments for not opposing it.
“We have organised this protest to draw the attention of the central and state governments to intervene into the problem,” Bose said threatening that if further action was not taken, their “protest will take a different form”.
Fishermen’s Association President N. Devadas, District Fishermen’s Association Secretary Jesuraj, Fishermen’s Association President Eamerit, Fishermen’s Association in-charge Sagayam and all the fishermen’s association executives and a large number of fishermen took part in the Rameswaram protest and raised slogans emphasizing the demands.
Earlier, 12 Indian fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly fishing illegally in the country’s territorial waters.
Following that, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin requested External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to take appropriate action for the immediate release of 12 Indian fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy.
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader O Panneerselvam also wrote a letter to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar seeking his immediate intervention for the release of 12 Indian fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy.
On March 25 this year, the fifth meeting of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Working Group on Fisheries was held through virtual mode.
The Joint Working Group discussed all relevant issues in detail including the concerns relating to fishermen and fishing boats which have been on the agenda of bilateral discussions between India and Sri Lanka for many years.
The Indian side expressed its readiness to work together with Sri Lanka for joint research to enhance the productivity of the Palk Bay fisheries.
The meeting concluded on a positive note, with a commitment toward continued cooperation and dialogue to solve the fishermen-related issues and to hold the next meeting of the joint working group as per schedule.

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