Chennai, Dec 20 (UNI) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today urged the Centre to allow fishermen from the state to operate in a demarcated area with protection from the Indian Navy to prevent frequent attacks on them by the Sri Lankan Navy.
In his speech at the Chief Ministers' conference on Internal Security at New Delhi, a copy of which was released to the media here, Mr Karunanidhi said the attacks on Indian fishermen by the Lankan Navy are on rise.
''This year, so far, eight fishermen have been killed and 13 injured,''he said and appealed to the Centre to allow the fishermen to operate within a clearly demarcated area under naval protection without any interference by Sri Lankan authorities.
He further said the state had a 1,076 km-long coastline and a full company of Tamil Nadu Special Police was deployed to check 60 check posts across the coast.
''Securing the international border is the duty of the Union Government and it should reimburse the state's expenditure on coastal security,'' Mr Karunanidhi said and urged the Centre to consider the long pending request of Tamil Nadu.