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Deaths of Indian fishermen in Sri Lanka waters sheds light on marine crisis

The Sri Lankan navy has also detained thousands of fishermen over the past decade. PHOTO: AFP
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BANGALORE - The recent deaths of four fishermen from Tamil Nadu - one of them a Sri Lankan Tamil refugee living in India - have revealed a marine crisis that has been masquerading as a diplomatic issue for years.

A. Mesia, 30, V. Nagaraj, 52, N. Sam, 28, and S. Senthil Kumar, 32, set out to fish at sea from Kottaipattinam in Pudukottai district on Jan 18.

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