Jayalalithaa urges PM Modi to take action on release of arrested fishermen

Jayalalitha writes

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Sunday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take immediate action on the release of eight Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy.

In her letter, she has the Prime Minister to direct the Ministry of External Affairs to take up the matter with the Sri Lankan authorities in a concrete decisive manner, and to secure immediate release of 37 fishermen and 55 boats including eight fishermen and two fishing boats apprehended today.

She has also requested Prime Minister Modi to proactively initiate set of actions that will bring permanent solution to the issue.

The Sri Lankan Navy had detained eight Indian fishermen and seized two boats near Palk Strait in the early hours of morning today.

Jayalalithaa had on Thursday written a letter to Prime Minister Modi and drew his attention towards recurrent arrests of fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy.

She had said that 50 boats continue to be in Sri Lankan custody for several months now. (ANI)