India to take up with Sri Lanka matter regarding fishermen's arrest

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New Delhi, Nov 27 (UNI) The government today asserted that it would take up with Sri Lanka the matter regarding arrests and harassment of Indian fishermen who strayed into high seas close to Lankan maritime borders and said everything would be done to assuage their grievances.

Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma said in Rajya Sabha during Zero Hour that the government had taken note of the issue with serious concern.

''In the past also, the government of India had taken up the matter with the Sri Lankan authorities...Steps will be taken to assuage the grievances of the fishermen,'' he said.

The matter was raised by Mr Narayansamy (Congress) who said that Indian fishermen were harassed and even arrested by the Sri Lankan forces even when the fishermen were fishing in waters close to Indian shores. The fishermen also faced harassment from the LTTE.

He cautioned that such incidents were causing unrest along the entire coastal belt of Tamil Nadu and warned that if the situation persisted, it could create a serious law and order problem in the coastal belt.

UNI

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