Lankan issue at Lok Sabha

India’s AIADMK, led by J. Jayalalithaa today demanded urgent steps by the Indian government to secure the release of Indian fishermen from Iran and Sri Lanka.
Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha during the ‘Zero Hour’, AIADMK leader M Thambidurai asked the government to take steps to secure the release and repatriation of 16 Tamil Nadu fishermen languishing in a jail in Iran.
He said his party chief and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking his immediate intervention as these fishermen were residents of Kanyakumari, Ramanathapuram and Nagapattinam districts.
Thambidurai also said that Sri Lankan navy had last month entered into Indian territorial waters and arrested 26 fishermen and sought steps to secure their release too, the Press Trust of India reported.