Indian Coast Guard Ship Rani Durgavati repatriated three Indian fishermen from
Sri Lanka at International Maritime Boundary Line on May 11 . Out of 03
repatriated Indian fishermen 02 are belonging to Rameshwaram and 01 belongs to
Thiruthurai Pundi, Thiruvaur District of Tamil Nadu.
The token release of fishermen without their boats is timed to coincide
with the arrival of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Colombo on May 11.
ICGS Rani Durgavati arrived Karaikal
at 1615 hrs on May 11. Post
investigation/documentation, the fishermen were handed over to fisheries
department. The fishermen were received at Karaikal Port by S Palanisamy,
District Collector, Nagapattinam, Commanding Officer, Coast Guard Station
Karaikal, Joint Director of Fisheries, Nagapattinam and Assistant Director of
Fisheries Nagapattinam (South & North).
Tamil Nadu government has been pressing the central government to release
fishermen and their boats but the release of fishermen has been in dribs with
no indication about the fate of captured boats.