Karunanidhi condemns attack on fishermen by Lankan navy
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Friday strongly condemned the latest incident of attack on Rameswaram fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy off the Kachchavitu coast on Wednesday last and called on the Government of India to put an end to such recurring incidents.
Even as the affected fishermen from Rameswaram and neighbouring Thangachimadam and Mandapam went on an indefinite strike on Thursday in protest against the arrest of 21 fishermen and the seizure of five of their boats, Mr Karunanidhi said the latest incident showed that Sri Lanka had thrown to the winds assurances it had given several times in the past in this regard.
Speaking at the collectors conference here, Mr Karunanidhi said fishermen in over 400 boats were fishing near Kachachativu ( in Sri Lanka) on Wednesday night when they saw a flotilla of Lankan navy boats. They hurriedly started returning when the naval boats surrounded them, cut their nets, threw away their diesel cans and fishing rods, attacked the fishermen with the butt of their rifles and finally apprehended 21 of them along with their five boats.
Pointing out that this was not the first such incident when the navy had transgressed the limits, Mr Karunanidhi said that after each such incident, the Government of India had had to intervene and secure the release of the apprehended fishermen.
Following representations on behalf of the affected fishermen by the Tamil Nadu Government, the Government of India had taken up the matter several times with Sri Lanka. Sadly, all assurances given on such occasions by the Sri Lankan authorities were always thrown to the winds.
He called on the Government of India to put an end to such "atrocities" by the Lankan navy.
- Asian Tribune -