Jayalalithaa demands immediate release of Indian fishermen in Lankan custody

It was painful that Sri Lanka “is now adopting a strategy of detaining boats for long periods of time,” causing immense loss to fishermen, she said.Ms Jayalalithaa wrote to PM Modi on May 31 after seven fishermen from Tamil Nadu were arrested by Sri Lankan Naval personnel and had asked him to take steps for their release.She again wrote to him on June 6 stating that the situation at sea remains “precarious” due to “offensive acts” of the Sri Lankan Navy despite repeated appeals to the Centre to ensure safety of Indian fishermen. Taking up the latest detention of three Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today appealed to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take steps to secure the release of all 24 fishermen and 93 boats under Sri Lankan custody at the earliest, the Press Trust of India reported.She also requested the Prime Minister to evolve a “permanent” and “pragmatic” solution” to end their woes. Three fishermen in their mechanised fishing boat from Pudukottai District were apprehended by Sri Lankan Navy on Wednesday and taken to Kankesanthurai there, she said in a letter to PM Modi. “I again request the Government of India to initiate immediate efforts to find a permanent and pragmatic workable solution to this livelihood issue of our fishermen.”She said Sri Lankan authorities “adamantly refuse” to recognise the “traditional and historic rights of our Tamil Nadu fishermen” to eke out their livelihood by fishing in Palk Bay, she said. “I request your personal intervention and request you to direct the External Affairs Ministry to secure the immediate release of the 24 fishermen and 93 fishing boats, including three fishermen and their one mechanised fishing boat apprehended on June 15 at the earliest”, she said. read more

109M speedboat handed over to Prison Service

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related$118M Mazaruni prison boat to be completed soonOctober 6, 2017In “latest news”British High Commissioner pledges UK security expert support in Prison reformsAugust 17, 2017In “latest news”Prisons Director urges retired officers to return to strengthen capacityAugust 2, 2017In “Crime” As the government moves to improve the local prison system, the Guyana Prison Service was today boosted with a speedboat which will aid in the transportation of inmates to and from the Mazaruni Prison.The $10.9M vessel was handed over to prison service officials during a simple ceremony at the Guyana National Industrial Corporation (GNIC) wharf on Lombard Street, Georgetown earlier today.GNIC was responsible for constructing the boat, which was funded by the Ministry of Public Security.The new vessel will facilitate two captains and 12 passengers.Following the July 2017 jailbreak and fire which destroyed the Camp Street Prison, Government began to expand the Mazaruni Prison – a project which was expected to cost some $2 billion.The aim is to streamline the local prison system and most importantly, reduce overcrowding at the city prison.Prison Director Gladwin Samuels anticipates an additional 200 prisoners going to the Mazaruni Prison upon the completion of the expansion works.“It is only necessary that we ensure that we plan ahead and ensure that all the necessary resources are in place,” Samuels stated. read more