Fisherman attacked; Karuna wants strong action
Karunanidhi demands action against Sri Lanka
Once again Sri Lankan Navy allegedly killed a fisherman from Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu on Saturday (Jan 22) night.
State fisheries department officials informed that three fishermen all from Pushpavanam village had ventured into the sea on Jan 22 morning in a fibre boat.
Sri Lankan naval vessel approached the fishermen at night and ordered them to jump into the sea.
While two of them jumped immediately, the deceased hesitated as he had lost two fingers which created difficulties for him to swim in the sea.
The Sri Lankan naval personnel entered his boat and allegedly tied a rope around his neck and pushed him into the sea.
"According to the fishermen, Jayakumar (the victim) was thrown into the sea with a rope tied around his neck and was drowned to death," media report stated.
Citing the grievous situation, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee reiterated their assurances that they will raise the issue with Sri Lankan governmet and will take appropriate measures.
Mr Mukherjee stated, "Two fishermen have been killed in the last 10 days, the Centre would take up the issue with the Sri Lankan authorities."
Now, the time will prove when they raise the issue and when the poor fishermen will get exemption from the hands of Sri Lankan Navy.