Fishermen Families on Fast Appealing Release from Lanka

Rameswaram, Nov 01: Families of five fishermen, who were sentenced to death by a court in Sri Lanka on charges of drug trafficking, on Saturday went on a one-day fast appealing to the government to take immediate steps to bring back them home.

The families of fishermen received the support from the locals as well various political parties to press the government to intervene in the matter.

About 3,000 political activists joined them at the fast venue, shouted slogans against the court verdict and urged government to do everything possible to get the fishermen back.

Leaders of political parties, including Suba Thangavelan of DMK, Raman Unni (Congress), Arjunan (AIADMK) and Annadurai of CPI(M) were present at the venue.

Five fishermen, hailing from Tamil Nadu, were apprehended by the Sri Lankan Navy on charges of smuggling drugs in the seas off northern Jaffna Delft islet in 2011. They were sentenced to death among 8 persons (3 Sri Lanka citizens) by a court in Colombo on Oct 30 for alleged involvement in heroin trafficking between India and Sri Lanka.

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