More than two lakh fishermen from six districts are on a strike since last night in Tamil Nadu, demanding that 75 of their fishing boats be retrieved from Sri Lanka.
The fishermen who went on hunger strike on Republic Day at Nagapattinam said that there was no response from the government and they were forced to resort to strike.
Meanwhile, fishermen from Nagapattinam, Ramanathapuram, Pudukottai, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Puducherry and Karaikal have decided not to venture out into the sea.
Fishermen representatives from Karaikal, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, and Ramanathapuram districts lambasted the Central government for not lodging a strong protest with Sri Lanka over the arrests and skirmishes which leave Tamil fishermen injured.
Fishermen representatives, staging the hunger strike in front of Head Post Office (HPO), also sought the Indian and Tamil Nadu governments to resume the bilateral peace talks for evolving a plausible solution to the decades-long dispute and promote deep sea fishing.
Nearly 1,500 fisher folk took part in the hunger strike, following which a joint meeting was convened in the evening when it was decided unanimously to besiege the rail, road, and marine networks of Karaikal Marg port near Melavanjur on January 29 to protest.
The fishermen say that their livelihood is being hit badly as their fishing boats are lying idle in Lanka and they added that around 18 fishing boats that were detained by Sri Lanka have been completely damaged.