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Rameswaram fishermen to withdraw strike

Press Trust of India  |  Rameswaram (TN) 

The fishermen, who launched the strike yesterday, decided to resume fishing from Saturday, officials said.

They were assured, during the talks held by Fisheries and Revenue officials here, that the Centre, acting on a plea from the state government, was taking steps to get the release of the fishermen.

More than 10,000 fishermen are on the strike demanding the release of their collegues who were arrested by Lankan naval personnel on July 22 while fishing near Katchatheevu, an islet ceded by India to Sri Lanka in 1974.

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa yesterday wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking steps for the immediate release of the fishermen.


First Published: Wed, July 25 2012. 01:05 IST