Lankan court extends custody of Indian fishermen

gavelA court in Sri Lanka today extended till November 6 the custody of 19 Tamil Nadu fishermen, arrested by naval personnel of the island nation on September 10.

President of Sri Lanka Vadakku Marachi Fishermen Association T Emiliyan Pillai told PTI that the fishermen were produced at the court at Paruthithurai today and that the magistrate Vijaya Rani extended their custody till November 6.

This is the second time their remand is being extended. Earlier, the fishermen had been produced in the same court on October 3 and their remanded extended to Oct 23.

The 19 fishermen were arrested by Lankan naval personnel off Paruthithurai on September 10 and their two boats seized. They were later lodged in a prison at Jaffna.

Meanwhile, mechanised fishermen organisations in Rameswaram today decided to observe a one-day fast tomorrow pressing various demands, including securing the release of 24 of their colleagues and boats in Lankan custody.

The fishermen would boycott fishing tomorrow, the meeting resolved, association leaders R Sagayam, N J Bose, T Sesuraja, S Emirite and N Devadoss said.

They also demanded suitable compensation for the families of the fishermen whose 18 boats were allegedly destroyed by Sri Lankan Navy in June, 2014. (Courtesy Outlook India)

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