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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2340

Media Report On Sri Lankan Navy Attack On Tamil Nadu Fisherman Denied

Colombo, 06 September, (Asiantribune.com):

Sri Lanka Navy categorically denied that they were, at any given time were not involved in any attacks on Tamil Nadu Fishermen as alleged by Indian media.

Media spokesperson of Sri Lanka Navy Commander Lankanath Dissanayake when contacted, told ‘Asian Tribune’ that nothing happened as reported by the Indian media organization.

In the meantime, a news report from one of India's News Agency, PTI, dateline Ramanathapuram, alleged that “The Sri Lankan Navy allegedly attacked a group of fishermen from Tamil Nadu today and damaged their boats and fishing equipment, while they were fishing off the Katchatheevu island.”

Sri Lankan Navy spokesperson emphasized that, “No reports, No records of any alleged attack on Indian fishermen or any report on damaging Indian fishermen’s boats."

The Indian news media report further alleged that, “Twenty boats were damaged and more than 10 fishermen sustained injuries in the attack, the police said, adding that the injured were admitted to a private hospital and discharged subsequently.”

When 'Asian Tribune' contacted the Sri Lanka Navy spokesman, he said that it was completely a false report. He said that Navy does not receive any such report from their personnel instructed to monitor illegal poaching activities in the Sri Lankan waters.

He said, normally the Sri Lanka Navy monitors the intrusion of Indian fishing boats entering into the Sri Lankan waters for poaching.

‘ Asian Tribune,’ pointed out that there was a report by the Indian media that Sri Lankan Navy allegedly attacked a group of fishermen from Tamil Nadu today and damaged their boats and fishing equipment, while they were fishing off the Katchatheevu island.

Based on unconfirmed and unsubstantiated informations it was further reported that, "According to information reaching the police here, the Sri Lankan navy personnel chased away the fishermen after warning them of severe consequences."

Media reports further revealed as the fishermen were chased away entering into Sri Lankan waters, over 2,500 fishermen from Rameswaram, who had put out to sea last night were forced to return to the shore this morning.

However, Sri Lankan Navy spokesman dismissed the allegation as “complete false and fabricated,” and said, Sri Lankan naval personnel use to patrol along the country’s International Maritime Border to prevent poachers entering into Sri Lankan waters.

The allegation of attack by the Sri Lankan Navy is being reported only a day after 80 fishermen from Tamil Nadu who were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy in separate incidents early this year, returned to the Karaikal port from Sri Lanka.

The released fishermen belonged to Ramanathapuram, Pudukottai, Karaikal, Nagapattinam, Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Madurai and Puducherry districts, a government official said.

- Asian Tribune -

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