They have been taken to Kangesan port for interrogation

Twenty-two fishermen from two coastal villages of the Pudukottai district were reported to have been arrested mid-sea by the Sri Lankan Navy in the early hours of Sunday.

The fishermen had left by six boats, five of whom were from Kottaipattinam and one from Jegadapattinam, on Saturday. They were scheduled to return by Sunday, official sources said here.

Officials identified the arrested as Sathyapriyan (23), Vijayendran (40) and Seeralan (45), all from Jegadapattinam, and Rayappan (45), Murugesan (33), Sanjeevi (30), Santhanam (35), Naganathan (45), Nagalingam (47), Muthukamatchi (49), Karuppiah (38), Sathyendran (35), Nagalingam (50) Rangasamy (40), Rajendran (35), Sudhakar (41), Manikandan (20), Murugesan (36), Anjappan (38), Shahul (24), Mani (26) and Rawther (43) from Kottaipattinam.

The Sri Lankan Navy is also said to have seized the six boats, the fishermen’s nets, diesel and their catch. They had been taken to the Kangesan port for interrogation, the official sources said.

Staff Reporter from Chennai writes:

The Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S. Ramadoss on Sunday urged the Union government to order Sri Lanka to immediately release all Tamil Nadu fishermen from its custody and their boats. He also criticised the Sri Lankan authorities for arresting 22 fishermen of Pudukottai who were said to be fishing in the Indian territorial waters.

  • This is the fifth incident of fishermen from Pudukottai being arrested

  • PMK founder Ramadoss and AISMK president Sarathkumar condemn the arrest