Indian fisherman killing case: Community threatens state-wide stir in Tamil Nadu

By: | Published: March 10, 2017 6:24 PM

On Friday, the fishermen community had threatened a state-wide agitation if action was not taken against Sri Lankan navy officer.

The fishermen community had threatened a state-wide agitation if action was not taken against Sri Lankan navy officer. (Representational Photo: PTI)

The protests in Tamil Nadu demanding compensation for 22-year-old fisherman, K Britso who was allegedly shot by a Sri Lankan navy officer has entered the third consecutive day. On Friday, the fishermen had threatened a state-wide agitation if action was not taken against Sri Lankan navy officer. Earlier, the community also refused the state government’s compensation saying the Sri Lankan government will pay for the damages to the deceased fisherman’s family. The community even demanded the removal of the Navy officer who shot Britso.

On Thursday, the state ruling party AIADMK raised the issue in the House, while the opposition, DMK leader Kanimozhi spoke on the issue in the Parliament demanding Centre’s intervention into the matter, according to India Today reports.

Considering the fact that both India and Sri Lanka are friendly neighbors, Indian fisherman killed by Sri Lankan Navy came as a shock. This incident took place on March 6 when a group of Indian fishermen, who were fishing off the Tamil Nadu coast between Danushkodi and Katchatheevu were allegedly fired upon by the Sri Lankan Navy which resulted in the killing of a fisherman, while three others were injured. The deceased was identified as Britso, who was 22-year-old man and his body was brought to the Rameshwaram Government Hospital. A case had been registered in the local police station. According to reports, around three more fishermen have suffered injuries in the firing which occurred in Adambalam, that comes under Indian territory.

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Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi leader Thol Thirumavalavan who claimed that nearly 900 Indian fishermen were killed in the last 25 years, has urged the Centre to take steps to protect the rights of fishermen. Meanwhile, Sri Lankan government has assured that they have initiated a detailed probe into the matter and wanted to ensure that such incidents would not hamper the good relations between the two countries. Also, as a goodwill gesture, the government has announced the release of the Indian fishermaen in their custody.

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