Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to register India’s objection to the harassment of Indian fisherman by Sri Lanka Navy.
The Tamil Nadu CM requested PM Modi to put in place a strong diplomatic response registering India’s disapproval of “belligerent actions” of Sri Lankan Navy.
Jayalalithaa requested PM Modi to direct the Ministry of External Affairs to secure the immediate release of 96 Indian fishermen and 82 fishing boats.
Centre’s inadequate response to incidents of apprehension and detention of Tamil Nadu fishermen has emboldened the Sri Lanka Navy, Jayalalithaa added.
The Tamil Nadu government’s letter to the Centre comes just two days after fishermen belonging to the coastal hamlets in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry threatened to boycott the May 16 Assembly polls if the Centre does not made the first move to release the fishermen arrested by Sri Lanka and also their boats before April 15.