EPS thanks, urges PM to get more boats re­leased

Sunday Express - - FRONT PAGE -

AFTER re­peated ef­forts by the State gov­ern­ment, Tamil fish­er­men and their boats de­tained in Sri Lanka will be re­leased soon. Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi K Palaniswami thanked Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s in­ter­ven­tion to se­cure the re­lease of 75 fish­er­men and 42 fish­ing boats un­der Lankan cus­tody but urged the PM to en­sure the re­lease of 107 more fish­ing boats still in Lanka.

The de­ten­tion of men and equip­ment is grad­u­ally be­com­ing a po­lit­i­cal is­sue as it threat­ens the liveli­hood of lakhs of peo­ple, and the CM has been tak­ing it up with the Cen­tre re­peat­edly. “On be­half of the peo­ple of Tamil Nadu, I thank you for your per­sonal in­ter­ven­tion and sin­cere ef­forts which have en­abled the re­lease of the fish­er­men and the boats,” the CM said in his let­ter to Modi on Satur­day.

The State re­ceived com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the ex­ter­nal af­fairs min­istry about the re­lease of 42 boats even be­fore Prime Min­is­ter re­turned after in­au­gu­rat­ing for­mer pres­i­dent APJ Ab­dul Kalam’s memo­rial on July 27, said Palaniswami. Now in­for­ma­tion reach­ing here said a court in Lanka or­dered the re­lease of 75 men, he added. Palaniswami urged Modi to in­struct Lanka to se­cure the re­lease of the re­main­ing 107 boats, which are lan­guish­ing in Lankan cus­tody to en­sure there was ad­e­quate rec­i­proc­ity to var­i­ous mea­sures taken by the Cen­tre and State gov­ern­ments to re­solve the vex­a­tious is­sue.

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