Indian fishermen to go ahead with ‘Sail to Katchatheevu’ agitation


A group of fishermen from Rameshwaram has resolved to go ahead with their ‘Sail to Katchatheevu’ agitation on August 2, pressing for the release of all arrested fishermen with boats.

When News 1st contacted D.M.R.B Dissanayake, secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, he stated that 5,000 families of Indian fishermen are to arrive in  Katchatheevu with white flags to secure the release of Indian fishermen held in Sri Lanka captivity .

He added that if the Indian fishermen arrive in Katchatheevu, the Navy is to act based on the instructions of Defence Ministry. They have been on strike since July 24, protesting against the continued arrest of fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy and confiscation of their boats. At present, 93 fishermen, including 50 arrested on July 28, were lodged in Sri Lankan prisons.

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