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Sushma assures support to Tamil fishermen

IANS  |  New Delhi 

External Affairs Minister on Tuesday assured a delegation of fishermen from that will continue to work for the release of all Indian boats and fishermen in Sri Lankan custody.

According to a source here, conveyed to the fishermen that the government's efforts in the last two years had earlier led to the release of all the boats and fishermen in Sri Lankan custody.

"She assured that the government would remain closely engaged with the Sri Lankan government to secure the release of all Indian boats and fishermen currently in Sri Lankan custody," the source said.

"She reiterated the government's commitment for early implementation of the Rs 1,500 crore package to develop deep sea fishing capacities for fishermen in "

The fishermen, accompanied by Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan and MPs L. Ganesan and Anwar Rajha, told about the difficulties they faced while fishing in the waters dividing and

They made a specific reference to the killing of an Indian fisherman, K. Britjo, on March 6.

Britjo, 21, was shot dead in Sri Lankan waters, igniting tensions in But Colombo insisted its Navy was not involved.

Sushma Swaraj told the delegation the Sri Lankan government was conducting a thorough investigation into the matter.



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First Published: Tue, March 21 2017. 15:08 IST