Giving in to the intense pressure piled on by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs yesterday summoned the Sri Lankan envoy and issued a demarche over the continued detention of Indian fishermen for allegedly entering Lanka’s territorial waters.
Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India Prasad Kariyawasam was summoned to the South Block, where Joint Secretary in-charge of the territorial desk, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, met him.
The Lankan diplomat was given a formal demarche on the large number of Indian fishermen who were languishing in Sri Lankan custody.
The National Fish Workers Forum today appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to intervene immediately and ensure diplomatic steps to bring an end to the Indian fishermen issue.
General Secretary of the Forum, M Ilango said in a letter to Man Mohan Singh, that Indian fishermen of Nagapattinam and Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu and Karaikal in Puducherry are facing difficulties.
He said More than 100 fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Karaikal were in jails in Sri Lanka.