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Sri Lankan court’s directive shocks Indian fishermen by L.Srikrishna November 10,2020   |  Source: The Hindu

The directive from a Sri Lankan court that 121 mechanised boats, which were seized from Indian fishermen, shall either be destroyed or sold through public auction has come as a big blow to the fishermen here.

Speaking to The Hindu about the development here on Sunday, fishermen association leader Sesu Raja said the Central government should take steps to bring them back to the Indian shores as they were still worth several crores. He said over the last five years, the Sri Lankan Navy personnel had arrested 1,300 fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and seized close to 300 boats from them for alleged violations.

After several demonstrations held by the fishermen associations here and the representations made by the government with the Centre had resulted in the release of the arrested fishermen, who were languishing in various prisons there. They had also released 173 boats in August 2018.

Again, when the fishermen pressed for the release of the remaining boats, a team led by a senior officer from the government, technocrats and Mr. Sesu Raja visited Sri Lanka for an on-the-spot inspection of the condition of the boats. On their return, the team submitted a report to the government that 47 boats could be brought back. However, only 35 boats were retrieved after



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