LANKAN NAVY

  • PMK calls for shock treatment to Lankan government for arresting 43 Tamil fishermen December 10, 2014

    Chennai: Despite strong protests from India, the Sri Lankan Navy continues to arrest Tamil fishermen from India who stray into international waters or Sri Lankan waters. In yet another incident, 43 fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Karaikal in Pondicherry were arrested by the Sri Lankan navy on Tuesday. The ruling...
  • Unfazed by the danger, fishermen continue to sail in troubled waters November 24, 2014

    Sri Lanka has arrested and subsequently released hundreds of fishermen from Tamil Nadu for trespassing and illegally poaching in Lankan waters. While many have come under attack, some have even been allegedly killed in firing by the Sri Lankan Navy. CNN-IBN's Anna Isaac finds out what makes Rameswaram's fisherman venture...
  • Indian fishermen released: Sri Lanka says it's a pardon but not a reduction of sentence November 19, 2014

    Sri Lanka on Wednesday released five Indian fishermen serving a death sentence in drug smuggling case. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa pardoned the fishermen. Sri Lankan Minister Senthil Thondaman said, "PM Modi spoke to President Rajapaksa and the latter decided to pardon the five Indian fishermen facing death sentence. It...
  • Sri Lanka releases 5 Indian fishermen facing death sentence after President Rajapaksa grants pardon November 19, 2014

    Chennai: Sri Lanka on Wednesday released five Indian fishermen serving a death sentence in drug smuggling case. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa pardoned the fishermen. The decision came a few days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the Sri Lankan President where they agreed to transfer the fishermen to an...
  • Tamil Nadu fishermen announce indefinite strike, want Centre to ensure release of 5 Indians from Sri Lanka October 31, 2014

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu fishermen on Friday announced indefinite strike to protest against the Sri Lankan court's capital punishment to five Indian fishermen. The fishermen were arrested by the Lankan Navy in alleged drugs case in 2011. Fishermen want the Centre to ensure release of the five Indians. Fishermen associations said that...
  • Tamil Nadu CM urges Modi to ensure release of Indian fishermen given death penalty October 30, 2014

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Paneerselvam has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging the government to ensure the release of the five fishermen who have been sentenced to death by a Sri Lankan court for allegedly smuggling drugs. He has said that the people of Tamil Nadu have...
  • Sri Lanka court gives death to five Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu in drug smuggling case October 30, 2014

    Chennai: Sri Lankan court on Thursday gave capital punishment to five Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu in an alleged drugs trafficking case. The fishermen were arrested in 2011 by Sri Lankan Navy. The fishermen have been given time till November 14 to appeal at the Sri Lankan Supreme Court. The five...
  • Four Tamil Nadu fishermen apprehended by Sri Lankan Navy September 28, 2014

    Rameswaram: Four fishermen from were apprehended near Katchatheevu by Sri Lankan Navy personnel who also allegedly damaged 50 boats. Local fishermen's association President T Sesuraja said the Indian fishermen had been taken to Kankesanthurai in northern Sri Lanka along with their boats. A group of fishermen from this island were fishing near...
  • Sri Lankan Navy allagedly snaps more than 10 fishing nets of Tamil fishermen September 21, 2014

    Rameswaram: Sri Lankan Navy allegedly snapped more than 10 fishing nets of Tamil Nadu fishermen when they were fishing in the midsea. Two boats of Tamil Nadu fishermen were also damaged when thewse two collided when they tried to flee in panic after Sri Lankan Naval boats chased early this...
  • Tamil Nadu: 3000 fishermen go on indefinite fast September 18, 2014

    Nagapattinam: Thousands of fishermen along with their family members from 63 fishing hamlets in the district on Thursday commenced an indefinite fast demanding the authorities to initiate immediate action for getting the release of 23 fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan navy. The fishermen were arrested in separate incidents by the navy...
  • Sri Lankan navy damage 100 fishing nets September 14, 2014

    Rameswaram: Sri Lankan Navy personnel allegedly attacked Indian fishing boats and damaged more than 100 nets near the International Maritime Boundary Line in the early hours today, fishermen association representatives said. Fishermen, who ventured into the sea in 618 boats, had to return emptyhanded this morning as the Lankan navy had...
  • 53 fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy September 11, 2014

    Rameswaram: Fiftythree fishermen, including 30 from this coastal town, were arrested by the Sri Lankan naval personnel off Talaimannar and Jaffna early on Thursday morning, Fisheries Association officials said. The first batch of 30 fishermen were arrested and their six boats seized off Talaimannar and later taken to Talaimannar district in...
  • Jayalalithaa writes to Modi over frequent arrests of fishermen by Lankan Navy September 3, 2014

    Chennai: Expressing concern over the "alarmingly" increasing frequencies of arrests of Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking Centre's immediate intervention to resolve the issue. Colombo's "inhumane and cruel strategy" of not releasing the boats of Indian...
  • Sri Lankan Navy arrests 50 Indian fishermen from Nagapattinam and Karaikal July 29, 2014

    Chennai: Fifty fishermen were arrested from Nagapattinam and Karaikal, towns in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu by the Sri Lankan Navy on Tuesday. Reportedly, seven boats have been seized as well. The fishermen have frequently complained about the harassment that they go through without any effective measure being implemented....
  • 38 Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy July 22, 2014

    Rameswaram: Thirtyeight fishermen have been arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy personnel on Monday. All the fishermen are from villages in Rameswaram and Pudukottai apprehended by Sri Lankan Navy. Nine boats belonging to the Indian fishermen have also been seized. Last month, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa urged the Central government...
  • 37 Tamil fishermen set free by Sri Lankan court July 11, 2014

    Rameswaram (TN): Thirtyseven fishermen from the island, arrested in two batches by Sri Lankan Navy while fishing near Katchateevu recently, were on Friday ordered to be released by a court in the neighbouring country. Mannar court magistrate Aanandhi Kanagarathinam ordered the release of the fishermen, Pamban Fishermen Association president U Arulanandam...
  • Seven fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy June 20, 2014

    Rameswaram: In continuing instances of arrests of Tamil Nadu fishermen by Sri Lankan Naval personnel, seven of them from a coastal village in Nagapattinam district were arrested while fishing near Kodiyakari, a fishermen's organisation official said on Friday. "The seven fishermen with their one boat have been taken to Trincomallee...
  • Tamil Nadu: CM Jayalalithaa urges centre to secure release of Indian fishermen June 19, 2014

    Chennai: Urging the centre to secure the release of 46 Indian fishermen from Sri Lankan jails, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday said that the international maritime boundary line (IMBL) with Sri Lanka should not be taken as settled. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the text...
  • Tamil Nadu: 36 fishermen arrested by Lankan Navy June 18, 2014

    Rameswaram: Thirty six fishermen from a village in Pudukottai district and this coastal town were arrested by Sri Lankan naval personnel on Wednesday in two separate incidents while fishing near Neduntheevu and Katchatheevu islet, a fisheries department official said. While 24 fishermen in six boats...
  • SL Navy arrests 29 Tamil fishermen just 5 days after Rajapaksa's visit June 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Sri Lankan Navy on Sunday arrested 29 fishermen from Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, and detained six boats. The arrests came less than a week after Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa attended Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearingin. The arrest came two days before Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is scheduled to...
  • 50 fishermen injured as Lankan naval personnel attack them March 27, 2014

    Rameswaram: Fifty fishermen from this coastal town were injured when Sri Lankan Navy personnel allegedly attacked them with stones and bottles after firing in the air early this morning off Katchathivu islet. The Lankan naval personnel also damaged 30 boats and cut fishing nets, police said. One boat sank as it rammed...
  • 32 Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy March 4, 2014

    Colombo: At least 32 Indian fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly poaching in the country's waters off the coast of the Delft islet in Jaffna. Their eight trawlers were seized yesterday, a Naval spokesman said. The fishermen were being taken to the port of Kankesanturai to be...
  • Sri Lankan naval arrests 29 TN fishermen February 13, 2014

    Sri Lankan Naval personnel on Thursday arrested 29 fishermen from Mandapam and Rameswaram when they were fishing near Neduntheevu in the Palk Strait. The Lankan navy arrested them for allegedly fishing in their territorial waters using banned fishing nets, officials said, adding, seven boats were also seized. The fishermen have been...
  • 22 more TN fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy December 29, 2013

    Rameswaram: Amidst stepped up pressure to secure the release of over 220 Tamil Nadu fishermen detained in Sri Lanka, 22 more were arrested by the island navy on Sunday while fishing in the Palk Strait. The fishermen from Jagadapattinam in Pudukottai District were arrested by Sri Lankan Naval personnel...
  • Jayalalithaa slams Centre over arrest of fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy December 12, 2013

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Thursday lambasted Centre for what she termed as "facile do not touch policy" over the arrest of Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan navy, and asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to personally take up the matter with Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Referring to the arrest of...
  • Sri Lankan Navy arrests 37 Indian fishermen October 15, 2013

    Colombo: At least 37 Indian fishermen have been arrested by the Sri Lanka Navy when they were fishing off the northern coast of the country, an official said on Tuesday. "Thirtyseven fishermen were detained and nine trawlers were seized on Monday," Lankan Naval spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya said. They were detained...
  • 20 Tamil Nadu fishermen taken into custody by Lankan Navy August 3, 2013

    Rameswaram: Twenty Tamil Nadu fishermen were taken into custody on Saturday along with their 5 boats by Sri Lankan naval personnel for allegedly trespassing into Lankan waters, said a report in the fisheries department. The arrest comes a day after Chief Minister Jayalalithaa urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to summon...
  • 8 Tamil fishermen remanded to judicial custody in Sri Lanka June 17, 2013

    Rameswaram (TN): Eight fishermen from Tamil Nadu, arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy near Katchatheevu, were on Monday remanded to judicial custody till June 27 by a court in the island nation. The fishermen, arrested yesterday, were produced before the judicial magistrate court in Mannar which sent them to judicial custody,...
  • Jaya seeks PM's intervention to secure release of fishermen June 7, 2013

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday accused the central government of not taking a firm stand on the attacks on Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy. She said the Indian government was not exerting pressure on Colombo to find a solution to the problem. Referring to the arrest...
  • 6 Indian fishermen attacked by Sri Lankan Navy April 13, 2013

    Karaikal (Puducherry): In the third such attack in as many days, six fishermen, who ventured into the sea from here, got injured when they were attacked allegedly by Sri Lankan naval men off the Kodiakarai coast, fisheries department officials said on Saturday. The fishermen of Kilinjalmedu fishing hamlet were fishing...