On October 13, the Sri Lankan Navy arrested 24 Tamilnadu fishermen charged on violating the International Maritime Boundary line and fishing in Sri Lankan water near Katchatheevu, Palk Straits.
Earlier on October 10, 19 fishermen from Nagapattinam district were arrested for allegedly fishing in Sri Lankan waters. Chief Minister Jayalalitha urged Prime Minister to take up fishermen arrest at high political level with Sri Lanka and claimed immediate steps to release 54 fishermen and their 34 boats on Sunday.
In spite of her repeated request there is only little response from the central government. Again on Monday night 24 fishermen were arrested and 4 boats were seized. Sri Lankan coastal guards and Navy came with 10 patrol boats and sea bikes chased the fishermen at gun point and arrested 24 men.
After this incident, the Indian fishermen arrested raised to 78 and boats seized became 38.
Jayalalitha earlier had requested in her memorandum to PM about sanction of the Comprehensive diversification package of Rs 1,520 crores and recurring grant of Rs.10 crores per annum for maintenance.
On last Friday, there was the debate on the Sri Lankan Parliament about the Indian fishermen fishing and the damage caused by Indian trawlers. The fishermen association in Mannar claims that Indian trawlers are making illegal fishing and they are responsible for several hundred crores rupees loss by taking away marine resources.