Rameswaram fishermen suspend strike over Sri Lanka

The Mechanised boat fishermen association members in Rameswaram withdrew from a three-day-old strike over Sri Lanka and other issues, following talks with a state minister.

Tamil Nadu-Puducherry fishermen’s association secretary N.J. Bose said the minister assured them about taking up a demand to release state fishermen from Sri Lankan prisons, the Press Trust of India reported.

The fishermen were on strike for the past three days to press for various demands and protesting over issues, including alleged lack of proper medical treatment of some colleagues lodged in Sri Lanka prisons.

Bose said 89 fishermen lodged in prisons at Jaffna, Paruthithurai and Vavuniya had complained to their families of lack of proper medical treatment.

They alleged that instead of being taken to hospitals for treatment, prison authorities were themselves giving medicines and sought the help of the Government and association to rescue them, he said.

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