Fishermen in Tamil Nadu withdraw strike on Sri Lanka

The fishermen from nine districts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry including Nagapattinam Ramanathapuram, Karaikal and Pudukottai were to resume fishing from today. The fishermen are urging the Government to secure the release of twenty seven Indian fishermen still languishing in Sri Lankan jails after they were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy. Fishermen in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have withdrawn their strike against Sri Lanka, All India Radio reported.The fishermen were on strike for four days demanding the immediate release of fellow fishermen lodged in Sri Lankan jails. The fishermen were also urging the Government to secure the release of fishing boats detained by Sri Lanka. The fishermen also want the Government to take steps to secure the release of 71 fishing boats detained by Sri Lanka. The fishermen’s association said that they are not able to sustain the strike as their livelihood is badly affected. (Colombo Gazette)