Vaiko demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should react strongly to the arrests and work towards their immediate release. Vaiko said,"It's the red-carpet reception by the central government that has emboldened the Rajapaksa Government... they want to bully our fishermen."
Political parties in the state believe that the fishermen did not receive a fair trial as the judges were the henchmen of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
They had been arrested in 2011 on charges of carrying drugs in Sri Lanka. Post the swearing-in of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where Rajapaksa was invited, few hyndred fishermen held for trespassing were released. But the ones accused of drug peddling were not let go.