Kin of fishermen detained in Pakistan seek govt. intervention
Several fishermen’s associations staged a protest at the Collector’s office here on Monday, seeking immediate intervention by the State and Central governments to ensure the safe release of 27 fishermen from Andhra Pradesh who were arrested by Pakistan Coast Guard on November 27, 2018. Maritime norms The fishermen—14 from Srikakulam district and the rest belonging to Vizianagaram and East Godavari districts—were working in Gujarat. They were arrested on charge of violating maritime norms while fishing in the Arabian Sea. It is learnt that they were allowed to write to their family members only once since they were lodged in a prison near Karachi a few days after their arrest. Srikakualm Fishermen Community Welfare Association leaders Duda Sudhakar, M. Phalguna Raju, Chintapalli Suryanarayana and others on Monday urged Srikakulam Collector J. Nivas to use his good offices to ensure immediate intervention by the State and Central governments in the issue. They also sought immediate livelihood options to the family members of the fishermen. The Collector promised to to bring the issue to the notice of the government. “We are planning to go to New Delhi and meet officials of the External Affairs Ministry as the names of some of the arrested fishermen are not announced officially. But, the family members have identified them from the pictures released by Pakistan government. The State government must speak to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad,” said Mr. Sudhakar.