India tells Lanka to free 53 Indian fishermen
New Delhi, Mar.14 : India has told Sri Lanka to free 53 Indian fishermen held captive after they moved into Sri Lankan waters from Tamil Nadu.
The move, however, has not satisfied Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh through a letter, to summon Sri Lanka's envoy to India to seek an explanation, and if necessary, issue a demarche seeking the the immediate release of the captive fishermen.
"Let Sri Lanka not be emboldened by your silence," Jayalalithaa wrote to Prime Minister Singh.
New Delhi did summon Sri Lanka's Deputy High Commissioner and told him to ensure that his government treat the arrested men "in a humane manner."
Syed Akbaruddin, spokesperson for the External Affairs Ministry, said that Sri Lankan authorities arrested 19 fishermen on Wednesday and another 34 on Thursday for allegedly fishing in Sri Lanka's waters.