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India issues demarche to Lanka on jailed fishermen August 08,2013   |  Source: TNN

Mounting pressure from Tamil Nadu had the Union government summoning the Sri Lankan high commissioner on Wednesday and issuing a demarche on the issue of 114 Indian fishermen being lodged in Sri Lankan jails.

This comes against the backdrop of TN chief minister J Jayalalithaa's letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, condemning the attacks and abduction of fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy near Kachchateevu. Jayalalithaa, who drew the attention of the PM thrice in less than a week, said it was an act of an unfriendly nation, and should be countered effectively by coercive diplomacy.

Joint secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla summoned Sri Lankan high commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam and made a formal demarche (a protest presented through diplomatic channels) on the fishermen lodged in Lankan prisons.

Long detentions trigger unrest among fishermen

Official sources said the India's high commission in Colombo too raised this matter formally with the Lankan foreign ministry, since 114 Indian fishermen had been held on various occasions in the last two months .

In a related development, a fishermen delegation from Rameswaram called on chief secretary Sheela Balakrishnan , seeking the state's intervention in felicitating talks with their Sri Lankan counterparts . Lankan


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