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Indian fishermen cautioned not to stray and poach in Sri Lanka territorial waters

Chennai, 13 February, ( fishermen were told to avoid entering the Sri Lankan waters and poach in the demarcated High Security Zone.

As threats to Sri Lanka’s sovereignty looms large from the sea, Sri Lanka Government is forced to take required actions to defend its sovereignty, pointed out Sri Lanka’s Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai, South India. “Therefore the Indian fishermen should refrain from straying into Sri Lanka’s water demarcated as high security zones,” cautioned P.M.Amza, Deputy High Commissioner.

In an interview with the BBC Tamil Service, Amza denied the allegation of Sri Lanka Navy’s involvement in the recent killing of a fisherman from Pudukottai district in Tamil Nadu.

Amza clarified that the said incident took place 8 nautical miles off Jagathapattinam coast which comes under the Indian territorial waters. He added that according to his investigation there was no movement of Sri Lankan Navy within the Indian territorial waters.

Deputy High Commissioner said if an enquiry is to be conducted about the killing of the fisherman from the Pudukkottai district, then the Sri Lankan Government is prepared to extend its support for it.

Amza also pointed out that normally Sri Lankan Navy used to be blamed for all incidents in the sea between India and Sri Lanka, whereas there were times it was evidenced of the killing of Indian fishermen by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

He further said that it has become a practice to level unsubstantiated allegations against the Sri Lankan Navy, which is involved in a duty to safeguard Sri Lanka’s sovereignty.

Amza also said that in the last 1½ years, Sri Lanka Navy has arrested 161 Tamil Nadu fishermen while poaching in the High Security Zone of Sri Lanka and subsequently they were released on the appeal made by India.

He added that normally Indian fishermen trespass into Sri Lanka’s demarcated high security sea area and poach, which is even banned for the Sri Lankan fishermen.

He also pointed out that there is an unusual situation prevailing in Sri Lanka now. “We are faced with a war. A threat is emerging to the sovereignty of Sri Lanka from the sea. In this situation the Indian fishermen should have to conduct themselves very cautiously. We have informed them time and again that they should keep in mind the above fact, that they should always avoid entering the Sri Lankan waters for poaching, “Deputy High Commissioner said.

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