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Allegation of Sri Lanka Navy Killing India Fisherman Stirs New Wave Of Protest

Chennai, 07 March, (Asiantribune.com):

Allegations of Sri Lankan Navy killing Indian fishermen have stirred a new wave of protest in Tamil Nadu, India.

As the body of the fisherman was brought to Rameswaram, four youths climbed atop a mobile tower in Rameswaram and condemned the murder of an Indian fisherman by Sri Lanka Navy.

According to reports, one Indian fisherman named Ditto aged 22 years from Thangkachchimadam, has been killed last night, when the Sri Lankan Navy reportedly opened fire at a group of fishermen on the coast of Tamil Nadu, which was reported in several media outlets.

Ditto was shot in the neck and died on the spot, reports stated adding another fisherman, Saravanan (22), suffered injuries in his leg in the firing while others who went along with them escaped unhurt and returned to the shore at 12.30 AM.

Reports further revealed that Indian fishermen were fishing between Danushkodi and Katchatheevu when the incident took place. Four others sustained injuries in the incident.

Rameswaram Fishermen Association President P Sesuraja told PTI that more than 2,000 fishermen were fishing well within Indian waters when the Sri Lankan naval personnel came to the spot taking them by surprise.

Tamil Nadu Fisheries Department Assistant Director Kulanchinathan said said the body has been brought to the Rameswaram hospital and a case has been registered at the Jetty police station.

Meanwhile, tension prevailed in the area as fishermen from Thangachimadam coastal hamlet gathered in front of the hospital to protest the firing by the Sri Lankan navy.

Even it was reported that two days ago, 15 Indian fishermen were detained by the Sri Lankan Navy.

In the meantime, earlier, Rameswaram fishermen have decided to boycott the two-day Katchatheevu festival, scheduled for March 11 and 12.

They are protesting the arrests of fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy. They have demanded the release of 85 fishermen and 128 boats and decided to launch indefinite strike from March 7.
There are also plans for a rail roko at Pamban rail bridge on March 11.

Twenty four fishermen — 15 from Rameswaram and nine from Pudukottai — were arrested on Saturday for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line and fishing in the Island Nation’s territorial waters.

- Asian Tribune -

Protest by youths by climbing atop the cell phone tower in Rameswaram
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