Print edition : July 11, 2014

Mechanised fishing boats anchored at Rameswaram. There are as many as 850, 125 and 600 mechanised trawlers respectively at Rameswaram, Pamban and Mantapam, fishing bases in Ramanathapuram district. These boats now form the bone of contention between Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen because of the way they deplete the ocean floor. Photo: L. Balachandar

Fishermen released by the Sri Lankan government arriving in Rameswaram on June 12. Photo: PTI

Fishermen in Rameswaram at a rally demanding fishing rights in the Palk Bay and protection against harassment by the Sri Lanka Navy. Photo: L. Balachandar

February 2011: Sushma Swaraj, then Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, with the family of Jayakumar, a fisherman who was killed by a Sri Lankan naval rating, at Pushpavanam village in Nagapattinam district. Photo: B_VELANKANNI RAJ

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