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23 Tamil fishermen arrested by Lankan Navy, Lankan defence officers arrive in Chennai for training

Chennai, July 23 (): Twenty-three Tamil Nadu fishermen  were attacked and taken into custody by the Sri Lankan Navy, when they were fishing near Katchatheevu in the Palk Strait on Saturday and seized five boats.

The fishermen who were arrested by the Lankan Navy will be produced in the Mannar Judicial Magistrate court. After attacking the fishing boats, they even took hold of the fishing nets, said Emirett, president of Rameswaram Fishermen’s Association.

Protesting the arrest, the Rameshwaram fishermen have decided to go on an indefinite strike from tomorrow. In a meeting that was organized by Emirett, the associations of the fishermen have raised a question to the central government, ‘why is it apathetic to such treatment of Tamil Nadu fishermen?’

Now it has become a regular feature of arresting Tamil fishermen and then releasing them later, said Emirett. The strike is to show the Sri Lankan Navy about the rights to fish in the traditional areas. He also demanded to release the five boats that were seized by the Lankan authorities.

On the other hand, in spite of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s strong objection to Sri Lankan defence officers being trained anywhere in India, four officers have landed in Chennai from Colombo and have left for Kolkata by a connecting flight to undergo an AN32 engine fitter course.

The officers have arrived in India for a four-month training that is to be held at Barakpoor, near Kolkata, and is scheduled to be completed on November 23, this year, said sources.

A fortnight back, various political parties across the State had taken a procession against the Sri Lankan airmen’s  training at the Air Force Station in Tambaram, Chennai, which resulted in shifting the personnel to the Yehalanka station in Bengaluru.

Similarly, a week back after two Lankan officers landed in Coonoor for a conference hosted by the Defence Services Staff College, Jayalalithaa raised her voice by criticizing the Centre of being heartless and numb to the emotion of the people of Tamil Nadu in the wake of the war crimes committed by the Sinhalese against Eelam Tamils.