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Official Spokesperson's response to media queries regarding the detention of Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu by Sri Lankan authorities between 18-20 December 2021

December 21, 2021

In response to media queries regarding the detention of Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu by Sri Lankan authorities between 18-20 December 2021, the Official Spokesperson Shri Arindam Bagchi said:

We are concerned at the detention of Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu by Sri Lankan authorities between 18-20 December 2021. As per our information, 68 fishermen and 10 boats have been taken into custody.

2. Officials from the Consulate General of India, Jaffna, have met the detained fishermen and are providing all necessary support. This includes clothes, toiletries, snacks, dry essentials and masks, besides facilitating phone calls to relatives. They are also arranging legal representation.

3. In the case of one fisherman who was indisposed, the Indian Consular Officer has visited him in hospital to check on his welfare.

4. Our High Commission in Colombo has taken up the issue of early release of the Indian fishermen and boats with the Government of Sri Lanka.

5. External Affairs Minister has received representations on this issue from various political parties. He was also called on the matter by Chief Minister, Tamil Nadu. He has apprised them all of the current situation and underlined Government of India’s efforts to secure early release.

New Delhi
December 21, 2021

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