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  India   All India  07 Mar 2017  TN CM writes to Modi, seeks intervention in fishermen issue

TN CM writes to Modi, seeks intervention in fishermen issue

Published : Mar 7, 2017, 7:36 pm IST
Updated : Mar 7, 2017, 7:37 pm IST

The Ministry of External Affairs had also condemned the incident, saying it is ‘totally unacceptable’.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy. (Photo: PTI)
 Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy. (Photo: PTI)

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palanisamy wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking the Centre's intervention in connection with the incident where a fisherman from Tamil Nadu was shot in the Sri Lankan waters.

However, the island nation's navy denied any involvement in the incident.

Palanisamy said the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India should be summoned forthwith and "the strong feelings of the Government of India and the Government of Tamil Nadu about the unprovoked firing on fishermen and non-adherence to earlier agreements on this issue should be conveyed in no uncertain terms."

He urged Prime Minister Narendra 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."

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

Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson Gopal Baglay had said “As per existing understanding between Sri Lanka and India, firing on Indian fishermen is totally unacceptable.”

He further added, "Government of India is deeply concerned at the killing of an Indian fisherman. Our High Commissioner to Sri Lanka has taken up the matter with the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan Navy has promised a full and thorough investigation,"

A group of Indian fishermen, who were fishing between Danushkodi and Katchatheevu off the Tamil Nadu coast, were allegedly fired upon by the Sri Lankan Navy in which one fisherman was killed.

As per reports, around 500 boats went for fishing on Friday evening from Rameshwaram. The Sri Lankan navy started firing in which Pricho died of the bullet injury on his neck and another man named Saravanan got injured.

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