Panic prevailed for a while at the Collectorate here on Tuesday, as the wife of one of the 20 fishermen detained by Seychelles Coast Guard (SCG) fainted when she came to submit a petition to the Collector.
M. Jerine (36) from Colachel and S. Greeces from Eraviputhenthurai in Kanyakumari district, captains of the two mechanised boats detained by the SCG, were produced before a local court and remanded in judicial custody till February 14. The other 18 fishermen from Kanyakumari and Kerala were detained in their boats in a local port, according to local fishermen.
The family members of the fishermen detained by the SCG were brought to the Collectorate by Fr. Churchill, general secretary, South Asian Fishermen Fraternity (SAFF), and Co-paster D. Praveen of Colachel church.
When the family members were talking to newspersons, J. Treesa, wife of Jerine, fainted and later recovered.
In their petition addressed to the Chief Minister, the SAFF appealed for immediate steps to get the fishermen released from Seychelles.
A copy of the petition was faxed to the Prime Minister, External Affairs Minister and Kerala Chief Minister.