1. Sri Lanka Navy arrests10 Indian fishermen and seizes boat in Rameshwaram

Sri Lanka Navy arrests10 Indian fishermen and seizes boat in Rameshwaram

The Sri Lanka navy has arrested 10 Indian fishermen and have seized a boat from the sea area north of the Delft island in Ramanathapuram, Rameswaram.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: March 21, 2017 10:58 AM
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The Sri Lanka navy has arrested 10 Indian fishermen and have seized a boat from the sea area north of the Delft island in Ramanathapuram, Rameswaram, according to a report in ANI. Earlier in the month on March 6, an alleged open firing by the Sri Lankan Navy resulted in the killing of an Indian fisherman identified as 22-year-old Bridgo, while 3 others were injured. This incident took place when a group of Indian fishermen who were fishing off the Tamil Nadu coast between Danushkodi and Katchatheevu were allegedly fired upon.

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After the killing of the fisherman, people protested against the killing of the Indian fisherman by the Srilankan Navy in Rameswaram. Thamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi party workers climbed towers as a sign of protest, people have gathered around in villages and want the government to take quick steps. The deceased was identified as a 22-year-old man and his body was brought to the Rameshwaram Government Hospital. Meanwhile, a case had been registered in the local police station. According to reports, around 3 more fishermen have suffered injuries in the firing which occurred in Adambalam, that comes under Indian territory.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to look into the conditions of the Indian fishermen prior to the killing incident, he wrote, “Unfortunately, even before the sense of relief following the release of the 51 fishermen could fully set in and the released fishermen reached our shores, the Sri Lankan navy has yet again resorted to its harsh and unjust tactic of apprehending Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu while peacefully pursuing their avocation in the traditional fishing waters of the Palk Bay.”

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