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Posted on Dec 14, 05:19PM | UNI
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today presented Rs two lakh each as relief to the families of five fishermen from Rameswaram, who were languishing in Sri Lanka prison for the past one year.
An official release here said, the fishermen--Emerson, Augustus, Wilson, Prasad and Lanklet--were detained by the Lankan Navy on November 28 last year while they were fishing in Lankan waters.
They were charged with smuggling drugs and cases were filed against them at Mallakkam court in the Island Nation.
When it was brought to the notice of the Chief Minister that they were framed under false charges, she sanctioned Rs two lakh to appoint an advocate and also to meet other legal expenses, through Alliance for Release of Innocent Fishermen Trust.
Thanks to the financial aid from the state government, a plea was filed in the Lankan court to release the fishermen.
But the court refused to give bail to the fishermen.
Since the respective families of the five fishermen were suffering without income following the detention of the breadwinners, Ms Jayalalithaa announced an assistance of Rs 7,500 per month to each family.
Apart from this, Ms Jayalalithaa gave Rs two lakh each to the family members of the fishermen, as relief. The fishermen's family members expressed their gratitude to the Chief Minister for coming to their aid.