Six fishermen on hunger strike hospitalized
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 18 February 2004, 18:03 GMT]
Seven of the sixty seven Indian boatmen who are on fast unto death campaign
since Monday were admitted at the Jaffna teaching hospital Wednesday
evening as they fell ill due to dehydration, medical sources said.
Prison officials Wednesday brought the seven Indian boatmen to the Jaffna
teaching hospital and admitted them. They were put on saline promptly at
the hospital, medical sources said.
Sixty-seven Indian boatmen are now kept in remand in the Jaffna prisons on
the orders of law courts in the Jaffna district on a complaint that they
were engaged in poaching in the Sri Lankan waters. The Sri Lanka Navy
personnel and local fishermen captured several Indian poachers with their
boats while illegally fishing in Sri Lankan territorial waters, sources said.
However except 67 boatmen and their fishing crafts all other Indian
fishermen were released and handed over to the Indian Coast Guard personnel by the Sri Lanka Navy on the orders of Jaffna courts.
However sixty-seven Indian boatmen are held in Jaffna prisons till cases
against them are completed. and their fishing crafts are kept in the
custody of the SLN at Kankesanthurai port, sources said
The Indian boatmen began their fast unto death since Monday in Jaffna
prison demanding that those fishermen who have not been charged in courts
should be sent to their motherland immediately and the cases against some
others should be expedited to ensure their early return to their home
country, legal sources said.