Demanding the release of seven Terespuram fishermen and their boats detained by the Sri Lankan Navy recently, Tuticorin fishermen struck work and staged a demonstration in front of the harbour.
When fishermen from Terespuram Gemiton, Gerald, Najfudeen, Regan, Meldon, Romando and Brezhnev were fishing on the high seas on September 26, they were detained by the navy and remanded in judicial custody.
Though the fishermen had sent representations to the State and the Central governments for early release of them, there was no sign of getting them freed.
Upset over this, the country boat fishermen from 23 coastal hamlets from Vembar to Periyathaazhai in the district had announced that they would strike work on October 16 and lay siege to the Tuticorin harbour, The Hindu newspaper reported.
Based on this decision, the country boat fishermen, who abstained from fishing operations, staged the demonstration in front of the Green Gate of Tuticorin harbour.
After assembling in front of Our Lady of Snows Basilica, the fishermen left for the protest venue in 50 vehicles and staged the demonstration in which 700 fishermen, including the families of the detained fishermen, participated.
The State police and the Central Industrial Security Force personnel had been deployed in front of Green Gate.