CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his mediation to secure the release of 16 fishermen from TN, who was arrested by the Srilankan Navy.
“I urge you to direct MEA to register our strong protest at the highest level in Sri Lanka and organize an effective defence in Sri Lankan courts to secure the release of our fishermen without imposing any fine or jail term. I also request you to ensure that immediate action is taken to secure the release of all the 16 fisherman languishing in Sri Lankan jails,” chief minister Palaniswami said in his letter to the Prime Minister.
"This has created a sense of panic in the minds of fishermen of Tamil Nadu," he added.
Eight fishermen from Thoothukudi district, arrested on August 21 by Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly fishing in their territorial waters. They were convicted by a Sri Lankan court under the provisions of Fisheries (Regulation of Foreign Fishing Boats) Act
They are charged fine of Rs. 60 lakh Sri Lankan rupees approximately INR 26 lakh per head. According to the report, in case the fine was not paid, the fishermen will have to serve three months prison term.