Though more than 5,000 pilgrims from India had been scheduled to attend St. Anthony’s Feast of Kachchathivu islet this year, none attended it, the Navy said today.
Navy Spokesman Chandima Walakuluge said around 9,000 devotees from both India and Sri Lanka were expected to take part in this year’s Kachchathivu Feast. However, only local pilgrims attended the festival that was held on March 11 and 12.
The Indian media reported that as fallout of a tragedy, where an Indian fisherman was killed and another injured in a shooting, the Rameshwaram fishermen had decided to boycott the annual feast in Kachchathivu.
They said hundreds of fishermen and families continued their sit-in protest against the death of 20-year-old K. Bristo, allegedly in the Sri Lanka Navy shooting, hardening their stance on day three of the agitation by announcing that they would not give up unless the Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar personally guaranteed their demands.
The annual Kachchathivu feast is held in February or March, and is attended usually by a large number of Indian as well as Sri Lankan devotees.
Last year over 5,000 pilgrims from India visited the shrine..(Darshana Sanjeewa)
Video by Romesh Madushanka
Comments - 7
S.P.RAMKUMAR Sunday, 12 March 2017 11:36 AM
This good, All Indian devotees must come via flight and go through Our domestic transport. Our government have to give special concession visa for Katchadivu devotees net time. This sea way transport only give them misinterpretation on our maritime borders.
Laljee/Qatar Sunday, 12 March 2017 12:59 PM
Well said sir ! You should become the president of this country one day.
ceylon Sunday, 12 March 2017 01:34 PM
they dont want to attend anymire.they want to own it now. via DM Android App
sach Sunday, 12 March 2017 02:56 PM
Mason Sunday, 12 March 2017 05:55 PM
Religion must not be separate and should not be made part of agitation.
nick Monday, 13 March 2017 03:06 AM
as long as we keep distance with india we can develop so fast or else india will keep disturbing our development via DM Android App
rosebud Monday, 13 March 2017 04:52 AM
Why this concession for Indians at Kachchathivu We Sri Lankans need visas for pilgrimages to India. Let us be reciprocal. via DM Android App
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