Indian fisherman shot dead by Sri Lankan navy, massive protests break out in Tamil Nadu

The Tamil Nadu government announced Rs 5 lakh compensation to the next of kin of the dead fisherman, and Rs 1 lakh for those who were injured in the alleged shooting.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 7, 2017 3:30 pm
The deceased was identified as a 22-year-old man whose body was brought to the Rameshwaram Government Hospital.

The Sri Lankan navy allegedly fired at a group of Indian fisherman late Monday night, killing one and injuring three others, while they were fishing between Dhanushkodi and Katchatheevu off the Tamil Nadu coast. The incident triggered massive protests in the coastal town. The deceased was identified as Bridgo, a 22-year-old from Thangachimadam in central Rameswaram. His body was brought to the Rameshwaram Government Hospital.

The Central Government raised the issue with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. “Government of India is deeply concerned over the killing of an Indian fisherman. Our High Commissioner has taken up the matter with the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka,” according to PTI sources. “The Sri Lankan Navy has promised a full and thorough investigation,” they said.

DMK acting president M K Stalin said the Centre cannot remain a mute spectator over the alleged harassment by the Sri Lankan navy against Tamil fishermen, and it was “high time” they “reacted strongly”. The shooting caused a stir in Tamil Nadu as members from the fishermen community came out in large numbers to protest against the alleged killing in Rameshwaram. Rameswaram Fishermen Association President S Emiret said they wouldn’t accept the body unless they get assurances from a central minister that such incidents wouldn’t repeat again. The fishermen have also demanded the arrest of the Lankan navy personnel involved in the incident, he added. Party workers belonging to the Thamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi climbed a cellphone tower in protest.

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The Tamil Nadu government announced Rs 5 lakh compensation to the next of kin of the dead fisherman, and Rs 1 lakh for those who were injured in the alleged shooting. On Monday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami wrote to the Centre claiming that it had failed to take concrete steps in acting against the purported harassment of Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy. Last week, 15 Indian fishermen were detained by the Sri Lankan navy and all their equipment and fishing gear was taken away. Indian fishermen straying into Sri Lankan waters in search of fresh catch lead to frequent arrests by the country’s navy in the past. Former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa had repeatedly raised the issue at the Centre, requesting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene.

In 2015, ahead of PM Modi’s visit to the island nation, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe stoked a controversy hinting that Indian fishermen would be shot at if they violated the maritime border. Speaking to Tamil Thanti TV, he said: “If someone tries to break into my house, I can shoot. If he gets killed…Law allows me to do that.”

With inputs from Agencies

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  1. காண்டீபன்
    Mar 8, 2017 at 12:44 pm
    indian government didn't condemn the incident. It raised the concern.lt;br/gt;we should clearly understand that. while SL army killing indian fishermen india try to protect SL over war crimes in Geneva.(Same day)
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      Raman Ravi
      Mar 7, 2017 at 6:09 am
      Tamils always die like this!!
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        Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
        Mar 7, 2017 at 7:58 am
        All these problems were created by invaded VETI-CU-N-TS of looters and genocide,----KA-TC-HA-TH-EE-VU was an Indian island but VETI-CU-NTS quickly built a church and converted TA-MA-LI-ANS and left the island after looting,----unnoticed Sri La=nka quickly moved in and occupied the island,--a another Nehru_hi fu-kc up,----Sri Lanka itself is a country of Indian sub-continent and originated by the inhabitants of King vijaya and his several followers from AJA-NTA cave of India,----Jai hind.
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          ajeet
          Mar 7, 2017 at 10:28 am
          Even stan doesn't shoot Indian Fishermen. The Srilankan s must be punished.
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            Arm
            Mar 7, 2017 at 5:57 am
            Center has difference nobs for border in PAK and SLK and most important of them are NRI in USA.
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              KM
              Mar 7, 2017 at 6:50 am
              Injustice to Tamilslt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Cauvery waters are being denied by Karnataka and the Centre is not bothered.lt;br/gt;Fertile lands are being taken away from Farmers by the Centre (Neduvasal) lt;br/gt;Our brothes like Bretjoe are being killed mercilessly by cruel Sri Lankan Military.lt;br/gt;There is no safe journey for fishermen. Centre is just watching.lt;br/gt;Thousands of Tamils macred in Mullivaikal. Centre and State Politicians not even condemned. lt;br/gt;Pongal festival declared as non-public holiday (as it is Tamils' festival).lt;br/gt;Jallikattu denied.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Many attrocities !! No one is there to save us. Politicians are bloody selfish and divide the people in the name of religion, caste, etc. for power.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Let us realise the fact and ready to get into the battle field against all attrocities.
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                Catalyst
                Mar 7, 2017 at 6:04 am
                Tamils don't matter for center. Call me what you want but that's the truth. Somebody has to address the elephant in the room.
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                  Kamal Pasha
                  Mar 7, 2017 at 8:22 am
                  Indian fishermen are desparate to catch more fishes for the growing potion of India.
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