Rameswaram/Chennai : Four fishermen from Rameswaram were taken into custody by Sri Lanka navy while fishing near Katchatheevu in the third instance of such action this month by the island nation.

The latest detention came on a day when the Tamil Nadu government made public a letter written by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa two days ago to Prime Minister Narendra Modi voicing concern at recurring instances of such arrests.

With the latest arrest, the total number of Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody has risen to 51.

Meanwhile, calling for the fishermen to be allowed to pursue their vocation in “their traditional fishing waters of Palk Bay,” Jayalalithaa urged Modi that such instances should cease immediately. She also asked him to take steps to secure the release of 47 fishermen, including six persons arrested on December 19.­

In her letter , Jayalalithaa said: “These recurrent instances of attacks upon and abductions of our fishermen should be stopped immediately.”

she urged mODI to direct the Ministry of External Affairs to strongly take up the matter with Lanka.

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