Members of the Fishermen Association of Rameshwaram began an indefinite strike on Sunday, demanding the release of 27 fishermen and five boats allegedly captured by the Sri Lankan navy.
“On October 14th, more than 400 fishermen from Rameswaram went to sea to catch fish. The Sri Lankan Navy took 27 Rameswaram fishermen along with five boats to Talaimannar port and Kankesanturai port, and handed them over to Talaimannar and Jaffna Maritime Inspectors for further legal action,” N.J. Bose, General Secretary of the Tamil Nadu Boat Fishermen’s Welfare Association said while speaking to ANI.
The protesting fishermen demanded for the government’s intervention for the immediate release of the fishermen.
Earlier, the Sri Lankan Navy detained the 17 fishermen and their three boats on September 13 for allegedly poaching in the territorial waters of the island nation.
Following the State and Central government intervention, they were released by the Sri Lanka Court on September 27.
Later, the fishermen arrived in Chennai on October 14.