Insight Online News
Chennai, Jan 8 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin today urged
External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar to take steps through diplomatic
channels to secure the release of 56 fishermen and their 75 boats from
Sri Lankan custody.
In a Demi-Official letter to Dr Jaishankar, he thanked him for securing the
release of 12 fishermen and said in view of the ensuing Pongal festival
beginning on January 13, no effort be spared to ensure that the remaining
56 fishermen are released so that they can reunite with their families for
the traditional Tamil festival.
“I request you to prevail upon the Sri Lankan Government through
appropriate diplomatic channels and secure their release”, he said.
Expressing his gratitude to the Union Government for securing the
release of 12 fishermen from Tamil Nadu, Mr Stalin said there are
56 fishermen from the State who are still languishing in Sri Lankan
prisons since December 19 and 20, 2021.
“It is requested that concerted efforts be taken to expedite their release
and safe passage to India”, he said, adding, further, 75 fishing boats
belonging to the Tamil Nadu fishermen are still in Sri Lankan custody
that needs to be urgently retrieved considering that they are essential
for their livelihood.