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Lankan Navy takes 22 fishermen into custody

[Zee News, Wednesday, 21 December 2011 09:24 No Comment]

(PTI) Twenty-two fishermen from Jagadapattinam and other coastal villages in Pudukottai district were on Wednesday taken into custody by Sri Lankan naval personnel when they were fishing near Katchatheevu in the Palk Straits, officials said.

Inspector of Fisheries Ramamurthy said they had received information about the detention of the fishermen and the Indian Coast Guard had been informed.

The Sri Lankan naval men, when contacted by the Coast Guard, informed them that the fishermen would be handed over to the CG at the International Maritime Boundary line, Ramamurthy said. But they asked them not to come today as the sea was rough on their side, he said.

The Navy personnel had told the Coast Guard that they would inform them as soon as the sea was normal, he said.

On December 15, five fishermen were taken into custody by Sri Lankan Navy when they were fishing near Katchatheevu but were released in the night. Last month, five fishermen were arrested by the Lankan Navy on drug smuggling charges and their judicial remand has been extended to January 2.

The families of the arrested fishermen had observed a fast on December 17, demanding that steps be taken for their immediate release. Local fishermen had also refused to put to sea till a solution was found.

Meanwhile, search has been launched to trace three fishermen missing for the last four days, officials said.

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