The Rameswaram fishermen have decided to call off their proposed “sail to Sri Lanka” agitation demanding the release of the 57 fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy, after a meeting with Collector K.Nanthakumar.

After the meeting at the Collectorate here on Tuesday evening, leaders of 11 fishermen associations, who had threatened to set sail to Thalaimannar in more than 750 trawlers on June 22, announced their decision.

“We have decided to call off the stir after the Collector told us that the government was making all efforts to secure the release of the fishermen by June 20,” P.Sesu Raja, district secretary, Tamil Nadu Coastal Mechanised Boat Fishermen Association, told The Hindu .

Mr.Raja said the association leaders had also agreed to withdraw their decision to abstain from fishing and resume work from Saturday.

After an emergency meeting on Sunday evening, a day after the Lankan Navy arrested eight fishermen, the leaders had decided to abstain from fishing. Bose, president of the Rameswaram Mechanised Boat Fishermen Association, said the Collector assured them that he would consider the other demands of fishermen such as building an auction hall to get better price for the fishermen and renovating the fishing jetty.

To meet the Minister

The leaders of 11 fishermen associations and three fishermen, representing the arrested fishermen, would meet the Fisheries Minister, Secretary and Commissioner Fisheries Department at the Secretariat in Chennai on Thursday to have a detailed discussion on the problems faced by the fishermen.

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