Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Sunday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take immediate action to secure the release of all the fishermen from Tamil Nadu who are now in Sri Lankan custody and arrange for their immediate repatriation along with their boats.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Ms. Jayalalithaa recalled that in her previous letter on September 20, she had proposed for a dialogue between fishermen associations in Tamil Nadu and their counterparts in Sri Lanka in spite of non-conducive atmosphere.

Even before the ink of that letter had dried, there have been two instances of detention by Sri Lankan Navy.

“This brings the number of fishermen from Tamil Nadu who continue to be in Sri Lankan custody to as many as 136, along with 29 boats. A Judicial Court ordered the release of 76 fishermen and deportation but their boats were yet to be released,” she added.

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