Sunday, 24 August 2014 - 8:27
Opposition towards Sri Lanka in Tamilnadu subsides with hope on discussions
Rameswaram fishermen, who have been on an indefinite strike to secure their boats impounded in Sri Lanka, dropped their plan to lay siege to the Pamban bridge, following appeals from officials.
Leaders of 11 fishermen associations called off the agitation as revenue and police officials pointed out that it would cause inconvenience to pilgrims and tourists visiting the island, and a Sri Lankan delegation would visit New Delhi later this month for talks with the Indian government.
Even after releasing all 94 fishermen, the Sri Lankan government still held back 62 boats.
The fishermen had abstained from fishing for nearly a month after they launched the strike on July 24th.
N.J. Bose, another leader of the Indian fisher community said they expected a breakthrough at the meeting with Sri Lankan officials.
Deputy Fisheries Minister Sarath Kumara Gunarathna stated that the Sri Lankan delegation will leave for India on the 28th for the discussions.