Updated: Nov 17, 2017, 02:32 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ten Tamil Nadu fishermen were on Friday arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy when they were allegedly fishing near Neduntheevu in the island nation waters, a fisheries department official said.The fishermen from Thideer Kuppam village in Nagapattinam district were held on charges of poaching fish near Neduntheevu, Assistant Director of Fisheries Department Gangadharan said.They were taken to Kangesanthurai along with their boat.They have been lodged in the naval camp and would be produced in a court, he said.Yesterday, 10 fishermen from Akkarapettai in the same district were arrested when they were fishing in Neduntheevu.On November 7, four fishermen from Pudukottai district were arrested by the Lankan naval personnel.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Twelve fishermen from this island were arrested today by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly fishing near the Lankan coast, the second such incident in three days. The fishermen were arrested while they were reportedly fishing off Neduntheevu, Fisheries Inspector Bala said. They were subsequently taken to Kangesanthurai. Three boats of the fishermen were also seized, the official added. On August 8, nearly 50 fishermen from Pudukottai and Jagadapattinam districts were arrested by the Navy of the island nation for allegedly poaching in Lankan waters. They were subsequently remanded to judicial custody till August 23 by a court in Oorkavalthurai and taken to a jail in Jaffna.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Sri Lankan Navy arrested four Indian fishermen for allegedly poaching in their territorial waters. As per the Sri Lankan Navy, the Fast Attack Craft of the Northern Naval Command of Colombo arrested the fishermen about 9 Nm Northwest of Kovilan on Sunday. Along with the Indian fishermen, the Navy also took a fishing dhow into its custody. The fishermen were taken to the SLNS Elara, naval base and will be handed over to the Jaffna Assistant Fisheries Director for further legal action. Earlier on June 13, at least seven Indian fishermen were reportedly arrested by the Sri Lanka Navy on for trespassing in their waters. The fishermen from Mandapam near Rameswaram were fishing at Neduntheevu Island in the Palk Straits, close to the island nation’s coast Two Fast Attack Craft belonging to the Northern Naval Command arrested seven Indian fishermen along with two fishing trawlers for crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and engaged in bottom trawling in Sri Lankan territorial waters about 12.5 Nm and 9.5 Nm off Northwest of Delft Island yesterday (July, 12), the Colombo Page quoted the Navy website. Sri Lanka recently passed a bill that allows the authorities to imprison bottom-trawling fishermen for two years and fine Rs. 50,000.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Seven Indian fishermen along with two boats were detained by the Sri Lankan Navy near Neduntheevu Island in the Palk Strait area on Thursday morning. The detained fishermen have been taken to Kankesanthurai port of Jaffna District in Sri Lanka for investigations. On July 9, three Indian fishermen with one boat were detained by the Sri Lankan Navy, for allegedly engaging in illegal fishing practices at Palk Strait. The arrest was made by a Fast Attack Craft (FAC) belonging to the Northern Naval Command. The FAC attached to the Northern Naval Command was on a routine patrol when they arrested the Indian fishing poachers while they were practicing bottom trawling in Sri Lankan territorial waters. The fishing trawler was brought to SLNS Elara in Kareinagar and the fishermen to SLNS Uththara in Kankesanthurei. They were later due to be handed over to the Jaffna Assistant Director of Fisheries for further legal action.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Eight Tamil Nadu fishermen were arrested today by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly fishing in the territorial waters of the island country, drawing angry reaction from the state government which termed it as an “abduction”. The fishermen from Nagapattinam were fishing near Paruthithurai when they were held by Lankan naval personnel who took them to Kangesanthurai port there. The incident comes two days after four fishermen from Pudukottai district and 17 from Karaikal region in Puducherry were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly fishing near Neduntheevu in the island nation. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami took up the matter with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and called it “yet another outrageous” incident of “illegal abduction and detention” of Tamil Nadu fishermen. In a letter to Modi today, he noted that late AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa had also repeatedly brought to the Prime Minister’s attention the “travails of innocent Tamil Nadu fishermen “who face harassment, abduction and detention at the hands of the Sri Lankan Navy, which continues in the traditional waters”. “Things have come to such a pass that fishermen from Tamil Nadu are unable to access their traditional fishing waters for fear of being abducted or attacked by the Sri Lankan Navy.” “The entire fishermen community in Tamil Nadu is agitated by the repeated provocative actions of the Sri Lankan Navy through continued apprehensions,” Palaniswami told Modi. Despite the issue having been taken up “repeatedly” by the state government, “we are yet to see an end to the problem of harassment and arrests of innocent fishermen from Tamil Nadu,” he said. “These continuing ‘illegal abductions’ in the high seas had the potential to harm the joint initiatives of the Government of Tamil Nadu and the Government of India to bring about a permanent solution to this sensitive vexatious livelihood issue of our fishermen,” the chief minister said. Palaniswami requested Modi to instruct the External Affairs Ministry to register a strong protest with the Sri Lankan authorities about the “continuing abductions” in the Palk Bay and the prolonged detention of the Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy. He urged Modi to also direct the MEA to take up with Sri Lanka the issue of immediate release of a total of 28 Indian fishermen and 138 fishing boats from its custody, including those apprehended today.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Puducherry government today assured that it would seek the Centre’s intervention to secure the release of six fishermen from here, arrested recently by the Sri Lankan Navy on drug trafficking charges. The assurance was given by Puducherry Agriculture Minister R Kamalakannan when he met the fishermen of 11 hamlets of the region, who are on an indefinite strike since April 3, condemning the arrest of their colleagues. Chief Minister V Narayanasamy had already urged the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka to take steps to secure the release of the innocent fishermen, he said and appealed to the protesters to suspend their agitation and resume fishing. “The Chief Minister has now proceeded to New Delhi… He has planned to meet the Prime Minister and the External Affairs Minister and will take up this issue with them,” he told the family members of the arrested fishermen. The kin have claimed that the six were innocents and alleged foul play by the Lankan Naval personnel. On April 2, the Sri Lankan Navy had arrested six Karaikal fishermen off Neduntheevu in Sri Lanka for allegedly possessing 13.5 kg of cocaine valued at over Rs 16 crore.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>: The resignation of Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and of IAS officers does not reflect good governance by ruling AIADMK, which alone was responsible for the prevailing ‘confusion’, TMC president G K Vasan said here today “The resignation of Chief Minister Pannnerselvam and also of IAS officers do not reflect good governance by ruling AIADMK. None but ruling AIADMK is responsible for the present confusion,” he told reporters at Thangavilas area here. He said no convincing explanation had been offered on the need for a change of guard for the post and added that the public at large too had not accepted it. “The political situation here is to be conveyed to the President and I think it is the duty of political leaders to do so,” he said. On explanations given by doctors, ruling out poisoning as the cause of her death and that there was “no conspiracy” or mystery in either the treatment or what led to her demise, he alleged it was just an ‘expansion’ of old medical statements and there was nothing new in it. He condemned the arrest of the 10 fishermen by Sri Lankan naval personnel off Neduntheevu and damage to their equipment and nets and demanded that the centre immediately take suitable action to safeguard the fishermen. Asked to comment on the disproportionate assets case, he said the law will take its own course. “The Governor will do his duty. We have to wait and see the actions of Deepa” (Jayalalithaa’s neice), he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 3,000 Tamil Nadu fishermen were forced to return without catch after Sri Lankan Navy personnel allegedly snapped the fishing nets of 20 mechanised boats off Katchatheevu in the island nation. “The fishermen from Rameswaram had ventured into the sea in 628 mechanised boats last night and were fishing near Katchatheevu, when the naval men came and snapped the fishing nets of 20 boats and asked the fishermen to return,” Rameswaram Fishermen Association President P Sesuraja said. They also warned them against fishing near Katchatheevu following which all of them returned to the shores early this morning, he added. Five fishermen from Jegadapattinam in Pudukottai district were on February 1, arrested and their boat impounded by the Lankan Navy for allegedly fishing near Neduntheevu.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
Sat, 7 Jan 2017-03:05pm , Neduntheevu , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as eight Indian fishermen were detained by Sri Lankan Navy along with one boat near Neduntheevu in Palk Strait.The incident comes two days after ten Indian fishermen were apprehended near Neduntheevu in Palk Strait along with two boats by the Sri Lankan Navy.The fishermen have been taken to Jaffna Naval camp for investigation.Immediate release of the fishermen presently in custody has been announced following the ministerial level talks between Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare of India Radha Mohan Singh and Minister for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development of Sri Lanka Mahinda Amaraweera in Colombo.The talks were held on Monday following the first meeting of the Joint Working Group (JWG) on fisheries held in New Delhi on December 31.While the fishermen from the Southern states have been demanding release of their fellow fishermen and trawlers, their counterpart in Sri Lanka asserts that bottom trawling used by Indian fishermen has caused extensive damage to the marine eco system.