The South Asian Fishermen Fraternity (SAFF) has urged Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to take immediate steps to rescue Tamil Nadu and Kerala fishermen and a mechanised boat from Androth in Lakshadweep.

In a memorandum to the Chief Minister, SAFF general secretary, Fr. Churchill stated that 14 fishermen from the districts of Kanyakumari and Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala had gone for deep-sea fishing from the Cochin fisheries harbour on November 1 in the boat belonging to Varghese of Vallavilai.

On November 25 night, the mechanised boat and the fishermen were arrested and detained by the Androth police for the reason that they had entered their territory.