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Nine Indian fishermen held by Sri Lankan Navy, fishermen associations to go on strike January 10,2021   |  Source: The Hindu

At least nine fishermen from Thangachimadam and Rameswam in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, who had ventured into the sea, were reportedly arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy on charges of crossing the international maritime boundary line (IMBL), in the early hours of Sunday.

In support of the fishermen arrested, fishermen associations in the coastal district here have announced that they will go on a strike from Monday, and passed three resolutions to this effect at a meeting.

According to sources in the Fisheries Department, 517 mechanised boats had obtained tokens from Rameswaram and ventured into the sea on Saturday. Over 2,000 fishermen from Rameswaram, Thangachimadam, Mandapam and other hamlets were on the boats that left.

In a mechanised boat owned by A. Kirubai, of Manthope, Thangachimadam, there were nine fishermen including Kirubai (37), Valan Koushik (24), Micheyaas (30), Kingston (28), Sam Stiller (21), Nijaan (30), Brighton (22) and others. P Sesu Raja, a fishermen association leader said the nine were arrested. The Sri Lankan Navy personnel had arrested them when they were fishing in the Indian waters closer to Katchatheevu, he said. He further said that according to information reaching here, the arrested fishermen were taken to a camp in

 

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Theme(s): Fishing Craft, Gear and Fishing Methods.

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