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Sri Lanka assures of thorough probe into killing of Indian fisherman

India TV News Desk New Delhi 07 Mar 2017, 13:42:13
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe - India TV

After India took up the issue of killing of an Indian fisherman in the Palk Straits, the Sri Lankan Navy today promised to initiate a thorough probe into the matter.

Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu raised the matter with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today, IANS reported quoting its sources. 

The Sri Lankan Navy has promised a full and thorough investigation, the sources told IANS.

The development comes as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the family of the killed fisherman, K. Britso, and a compensation of Rs 1 lakh for one injured fisherman.

Six fishermen from Thangachimadam in Ramanathapuram district were fishing near Katchatheevu islet, when the attack took place. 

The Lankan Navy attack on Indian fishermen comes a day after Chief Minister Palaniswami wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking the release of 85 fishermen and their 128 boats under Sri Lankan custody.

Katchatheevu island is located in the narrow sea dividing the two countries. The sea near the islet is rich in marine life, leading to frequent clashes between Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen.

Hundreds of fishermen are sitting in protest in Rameswaram against the Monday night attack.

PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss on Tuesday condemned the Lankan navy's attack and demanded that the Indian government should not tolerate such attacks and stop terming Sri Lanka as a friendly nation.

"They were first attacked by the Lankan Navy with grenades and then were shot at in which Britso was killed and one more fisherman was injured," Ramadoss said in Chennai.

He said attacks on the Indian fishermen by the Lankan Navy has been happening for the past 30 years killing more than 800 fishermen.

Ramadoss said at a meeting, Indian and Sri Lankan ministers agreed that fishermen crossing the maritime boundary by mistake should not be attacked but handled in a humane manner.

"It seems Sri Lanka is not willing to abide by any agreements," Ramadoss said.

He also said the Tamil Nadu government should pressurise the Indian and the Sri Lankan governments to arrest the Lankan Navy personnel who attacked the Indian fishermen and deport to the state.

(With IANS inputs)


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