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MP seeks release of Tamil fishermen detained by Sri Lanka

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Members in today expressed concern over detaining fishermen from and building dams on the Brahmaputra river on their side which could hamper water availability in the North East.

member V Elumalai demanded immediate release of fishermen from who have been detained by Sri Lankan authorities as well as steps to take back island.

is an islet in the Palk Strait and its control was given to by through an agreement in 1974.

During Zero Hour, he said as many as 37 fishermen from have been detained and 53 fishing boats seized.

Last month, eight Indian fishermen were detained by for allegedly trespassing into their territory.

Urging the central government to continue to take steps for the release of fishermen, Elumalai urged Prime Minister Modi to "bring it (Katchatheevu) into our territory".

He also called for deepening the fishing area on the Indian coast.

In October, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had written to the Prime Minister raising concern over detention of fishermen by Sri Lanka and had said ceding islet was the root cause of the problem.

Alleging that was constructing dams on the Brahmaputra river on their side, Congress member from Arunachal Pradesh Ninong Ering said there should be river water sharing agreement between and Otherwise, the water situation would become bad for the North East region in the future, he added.

"There should be bilateral talks (between and China) and have some arrangement for river water sharing," Ering said.

First Published: Tue, December 01 2015. 15:07 IST