Pressure exerted by Indian Govt on Sri Lankan Govt resulted in the immediate release of 14Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested by Sri Lanka navy.
More than 100 Indian fishermen in 40 boats from Danushkodi in Tamil Nadu were fishing in Sri Lankan territorial waters on Monday July 4th.
SL navy in 2 ships came at 12.30 pm to the seas near 3rd sand dune between Kachchatheevu&Arichalmunai&told fishermen they were trespassing.
The Lankan navy had arrested 14 fishermen in 2 boats but set free in another boat 6 more persons including 2 boys aged 10&2 boys aged 12.
The fishermen set free were told that the 14 arrested persons & 2 boats would be taken to Mannar & jailed after being produced in courts.
The persons set free when returning ran into an Indian coast guard vessel & informed officials of the arrests.New Delhi was urgently alerted.
Officials in New Delhi were “Infuriated” as it was only on June 20th that the Lankan navy had arrested 23 fishermen & jailed them on June 21st.
The 23 fishermen were released unilaterally on June 27 after negotiations between Indian&Sri Lankan govts.Now another arrest had been made.
High level pressure was exerted by New Delhi on Colombo to release the arrested 14 immediately.Colombo obliged & Navy was ordered to do so.
Sri Lankan navy then turned back at mid sea towards the International maritime boundary line as ordered with the apprehended boats & fishermen.
Upon Sighting an Indian naval vessel near the Maritime boundary line the Lankan navy “abandoned” the fishermen&boats at high sea&turned back.
The Indian navy escorted the fishermen back to Rameswaram where they were released.The drama that began at 12.30 pm ended at 7.30 pm.
Conflicting news reports about the drama at high seas resulted in the Sri Lankan navy “officially” denying that arrests had been made.
The incident has irritated Indian ExternalAffairs minister SM Krishna who stated that a special emissary will go to Colombo for talks soon.
Despite Indian “Indignation” over the arrests the fact of the matter is that Tamil Nadu fishermen are regularly poaching in Lankan waters.
This is a bundle of tweets posted on twitter by D.B.S. Jeyaraj