Sri Lanka releases 27 Tamil Nadu fishermen
Rameswaram (TN): The 27 fishermen, who were taken into custody by the Sri Lankan Navy recently and later released by a court, arrived here on December 29. A court at Trincomalee had on December 26 ordered their release and their four boats seized by the Lankan Navy. The fishermen, who belonged to Karaikal and Nagapattinam, were arrested on December 23 when they were fishing reportedly in the Lankan maritime area.
Navy spokesman Kosala Warnakulasuriya had said on December 24 that the Indians were arrested for “poaching inside Sri Lanka international maritime border limits off the eastern coast”.
The fishermen and their four boats were handed over to the Indian coast guard at the international maritime boundary line by the Lankan Navy on December 29. They were brought in a ship to Mandapam by the coast guard and handed over to their relatives this morning, U Arulanandam, Pamban Fishermen Association president said.
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They should not have been released by the court. This makes a mockery of the navy. These men should have been heavily fined and the boats confiscated. That’s the only way to teach these Indian poachers a lesson. Now they will go on poaching knowing well enough there is only a slim chance of being caught and that they would be released any way with no penalties. Why does the Hon President not take a hardline on this issue? How long are the SL fishermen going to be cheated of their fishing grounds and our fish depleted? What’s the use of boundaries then?
Well done Nicholas; that is excatly what we should be doing to these poachers.
We should pass a law that poaching would receive capital punishment. Now that we have a pretend CJ, it should be pretty easy to get this law through the SC.
Then we can behead these Tamils who poach in our seas, just a the Saudi’s did to pretty little Rihana.