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Edappadi Palanswami Writes To PM Modi As The Fishermen Protest Over Killing Of Collegue

 2017-03-07 13:12:35.0

Edappadi Palanswami Writes To PM Modi As The Fishermen Protest Over Killing Of Collegue

Chennai:Tamil Nadus chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami wote a letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, seeking Center's intervention in the matter of the 22-year-old Indian fisherman allegedly killed by the Sri Lankan Navy yesterday.Hundreds of fishermen staged a demonstration in Rameshwaram island.

Tamil Nadus opposition parties also condemned the killing and sought action from the Center.

He was shot dead yesterday allegedly by Lankan Navy personnel's while he was fishing in a mechanism boat at a short distance off Katchatheevu islet.

The fishermen at Thangachimadan in Rameshwaram and the bereaved family have refused to accept the body of the fisherman unless a Central Minister visits adn gives them assurance that such incidents would not happen in the future, Rameshwaram Fishermen Association President S Emiret said.

Police during the autopsy recovered, an AK-47 bullet lodged in the victims neck.

Palaniswami, in his letter to the Center said the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India should be summoned forthwith and "the strong feelings of the Government of India and government of Tamil Nadu about the unprovoked firing on fisherman and non-adherence to earlier agreements on his issue should be conveyed in no uncertain terms."

Lanka resorting to such "inhuman and barbaric tactics" completely belies all the diplomatic efforts that have been undertaken including the understanding each in several meetings between the two countries, including the recent one at Colombo, Palaniswami said in the letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Lately, in a ministerial level meeting in Colombo in January he said, "it was clearly agreed not to use force aginst bona fied fishermen at sea."

Yesterday, when the fishermen were fishing in the traditional water of Palk Bay, at about 9:30 pm, "a fleet of four Sri Lankan Naval vessels surrounded the fishing boat and opened unprovoked and indiscriminate fire on the unarmed fisherman," he said.

"Two fishermen recieved bullet injuries and while Bridgo died being brought to the shoe, Saran has been admitted in hospital," he added.

"Evenas action is taken no longer term issues like retrival of Katchatheevu (islet) and on diversification to deep sea fishing, under no circumstances can the present esclation of actions by the Sri Lankan side be ignored or tolerated," the Chief Minister sadi.

He urged Modi to intervene "personally in this sensitive livelihood issue of our fishermen and use all means at the command of the government of India to curb the unacceptable aggressive actions of the Sri Lankan Navy in the Palk Bay, and to protect the life, limb and liberty of our innocent fishermen".

The opposition DMK's MK Stalin said, "India should warn Sri Lankan diplomacy that his cant be tolerated and there will be strong actions taken against them."

Tamil Nadu claims Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen have traditional rights to fish in both territories. The state is working together legal and politically to retrieve the Katchatheevu islet India had gifted Lanka in the early seventies, so that Indian fishermen would get more space to fish.

While ,the protesting fisherman in Ramaneshwaram claimed that there were no proper coordination between Lnkan and Indian officials on the issue of fishermen fishing in the Palk Straint.

They demanded release of all Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy and boat seixed by them. Policemen ahve been deployed in the island to monitor the situation.


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