Sources said that 32 fishermen from Iravinpudhur, a coastal hamlet in Kanniyakumari district, had ventured into the sea from Kochi fishing harbour on February 5 in two mechanised boats belonging to Judi Albert and Hussai.
On March 2, when they were close to Diego Garcia island, a British Navy team arrested and took them to the island. Sources at Kanniyakumari claimed that the families of the fishermen have been informed about the arrest of their kin on Sunday.
The British navy, which has a base at the island, had warned fishermen several times not to come near the island which is located at 140 nautical miles away from Kochi. However, ignoring the warnings, the fishermen repeatedly sailed close to the island. Families of the fishermen have urged the government to take steps for the early release of the fishermen.
Pamban fishermen stage protest:
On Monday, over 300 fishermen from Pamban near Rameswaram staged a protest at the local bus stand carrying photos of their colleagues, who have been arrested by Sri Lankan government. The protesters demanded the government to initiate measures for the release of their arrested colleagues. They also demanded the Indian government to take steps to release the boats detained by Sri Lanka. Monday was the third day of protest by Pamban fishermen against the island nation government.