Tamil Nadu Chief Minister seeks immediate release of fishermen in Sri Lankan custody
The Chief Minister of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu urged the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take immediate action to get the fishermen released from Sri Lankan custody.
Her request comes after the Sri Lankan Navy arrested another 15 Tamil Nadu fishermen and seized four boats when they entered Sri Lankan waters yesterday.
She reiterated that the fishermen were in the Palk Bay which "historically is their traditional fishing waters".
The Tamil Nadu government led by the Chief Minister does not recognize India's Supreme Court rulings that ceded the islet of Katchatheevu to Sri Lanka and established the International Maritime Boundary Line under the Indo-Sri Lankan agreements of 1974 and 1976.
The Chief Minister also urged the Indian Prime Minister to get back the 53 fishing boats seized by the Sri Lankan Navy.