CPI demands reconsideration of Katchatheevu Pact with Lanka

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Madurai, Aug 14 (UNI) The Communist Party of India (CPI) today demanded that the Centre should reconsider the Katchatheevu Pact with Sri Lanka in view of frequent killing of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy.

Talking to newspersons here, CPI national secretary D Raja said the government should protect the fishing rights of Indian fishermen around Katchatheevu island.

On the ongoing unrest in Jammu and Kashmir over Amarnath land issue, he said the government should find an amicable solution based on the suggestions by the all-party delegation. The Centre should also convene a meeting of both factions for peace talks for mutual consensus, he added.

Stating that the Amarnath row had created a worst situation in that state, he wanted the Central government to take firm action in this regard and restore peace and normalcy.

Charging the BJP of attempting to make it a national issue, he urged all sections of the people to thwart communal politics.

He said the party's four-day state council would begin at Hosur on August 22 to discuss the political situation in the country and in the state.

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