40 held for attempting to hoist national flag

15 August 2011 11:59 am - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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More than 40 members of a Tamil Nadu-based Hindu outfit were arrested today when they tried to put out to sea for hoisting the Indian national flag at Katchathivu in the Palk straits, ceded to Sri Lanka by India in 1974.

Police said 43 workers of the Hindu Makkal Katchi, including its state unit President Annadurai, were arrested when they were on their way to the fishing jetty here, en route to Katchatheevu island.

They were demanding that fishermen should be allowed to fish in and around the island.

Police, who were maintaining strict vigil, had banned fishing for the day to prevent any untoward incidents.

More than 2,000 fishermen did not put out to sea and 600 boats from Mandapam, Rameswaram were anchored on the shore today.

The BJP state unit had organised a sea picketing programme here on August 7 demanding protection for Tamil Nadu fishermen from alleged attacks by Lankan Navy. (PTI)


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  • Lanke Banda Monday, 15 August 2011 01:10 PM

    High time GOSL acts with a spine and issue an official communique denouncing TN actions and issue a travel advisory to Lankans against visiting TN State.

    Managala Tuesday, 16 August 2011 01:09 PM

    Indians are begging for problems while plate is already full...

    lalith Tuesday, 16 August 2011 12:23 AM

    please give me a reason to shoot indian rats.

    Imran Hussein Monday, 15 August 2011 12:15 PM

    BJP is a deadly virus which will paralise India in the long run.
    (Its illegitimate child JHU is the same here). BJP is the one who behind Jayalalitha giving all support to push for an embargo on us.

    Surray Monday, 15 August 2011 12:21 PM

    Is this another Kashmir type of issue for India to worry about.
    This situ has to be handled very diplomatically,
    There is much more to this story than trying to hoist a flag on this small island which is within the boundaries of Srilanka.
    The Tamilnadu government is trying to provoke the SL-Navy, and create a major conflict between the Indian central government and Srilanka.
    Surray.


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