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Jaya urges PM to protect Indian fishermen

Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to step up efforts to secure the release of 53 Indian fishermen who were arrested by the Sri Lankan naval force.

‘We are agitated by incidents of repeated capture of our fishermen while pursuing their livelihood. We expect the government of India to also respond and react pro-actively when incidents of this nature happen,’ Jayalalithaa told the prime minister in a letter, which was released here.

Sri Lankan authorities arrested 19 fishermen Wednesday and another 34 Thursday for allegedly fishing in Sri Lanka’s waters.

‘Let Sri Lanka not be emboldened by your silence and construe it as a sign of weakness and indifference towards our fishermen,’ she said.
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