Tamil Manila Congress president G K Vasan also urged the central government to ensure the release of the fishermen before the Pongal festival.
Meanwhile, a Trincomalee court on Friday remanded 29 Nagapattinam fishermen held on December 30 in judicial custody till January 11. They have been lodged in the Trincomalee prison.
In 2015, the Sri Lankan navy apprehended 466 fishermen of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in 27 cases. Fishermen activist U Arulanandam of the Alliance for Release of Innocent Fishermen said “a lasting solution will be to advise the fishermen of Ramanathapuram, Pudukottai and Nagapattinam to take up deep sea fishing by providing the necessary equipment. Developing the Mukkaiyur fishing harbour in Ramanathapuram will be of great help,” he said.
Even though parties in Tamil Nadu have been claiming that fishermen are being taken forcibly by the Sri Lankan navy, the naval website has been posting documents of the coordinates of the Indian fishermen held by them. The recent detention of 29 fishermen was carried out 7 nautical miles northeast off Kokilai in Trincolmalee, according to the Sri Lankan navy.
An unending row
In 2015, Sri Lankan naval agencies (coast guard & navy) apprehended 466 fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in 27 apprehensions