The fishermen, who belonged to Kottaipattinam in Pudukottai district, had reportedly ventured into the sea on Monday. The incident happened when the fishermen were returning home after fishing.

They were taken to Kankensanthurai port by the navy personnel and produced before a local court, which remanded them to judicial custody.

The fishermen claimed that they were fishing in the traditional area, Tirunageswaram, Joint Director of Fisheries, Kottaipattinam said.

With many instances of Tamil Nadu fishermen being arrested, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had last week written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking immediate release of the fishermen.
Jayalalithaa had also renewed her plea for nullifying the ‘unconstitutional’ Indo-Sri Lankan Agreements of 1974 and 1976 and demanded that steps should be taken to restore the traditional rights of Indian fishermen.


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