Indian coastguards harassed us: SL fishermen

19 January 2014 09:24 am - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Several Sri Lankan fishermen released by the Indian government today said the Indian coastguards subjected them to harassment when they were arrested last year, for poaching into the Indian territorial waters. 

The fishermen who had been imprisoned at Puzhal Central Prison, Chennai said although they were fairly treated in prison, the Indian coastguards had unduly harassed them after their arrest and while transporting them to the Sri Lankan Navy boats that were to take them home.  

R. P Anurasiri from Trincomalee said they were forced to wash ships and toilets and that if they refused to do so they were beaten with batons.  
“We were not mistreated inside the prison, but it was hard to eat the food we were given,” he said.

P. H Prasanna Prabath, another fisherman released recently, said he was beaten with an iron baton at the time of arrest.  “They beat me on my head with an iron baton which caused wounds. They stopped beating me after I told them I would go to the Human Rights Commission because I was only in their seas and not stealing anything from them,” he said.  

Prabath said they faced the same bitter experience on their return to Sri Lanka. “The coastguards kept tapping us on the head with iron rods, frightening us. They made us feel like slaves and work like them,” he said.

“Our fishing gear and boats have not yet been released by the Indian authorities, and we find it difficult to continue our livelihood. If the Indian authorities are not going to release them, they should at least pay us compensation for the loss we have had to face,” they said. (Amadoru Amarajeewa, Trincomalee)

  Comments - 8

  • kumar Monday, 20 January 2014 06:46 AM

    Funny! If the Indian fishermen complains the same, It is untrue.

    ram Monday, 20 January 2014 07:16 AM

    stop steeling there fish .

    daskon Sunday, 19 January 2014 04:19 PM

    No wander..most are homo..just like other military

    cric Sunday, 19 January 2014 10:00 AM

    Now where are our Indian boot lickers calling for HR abuses?

    perera Sunday, 19 January 2014 10:01 AM

    direct orders from Jayalalitha

    WSW Sunday, 19 January 2014 10:13 AM

    Please refrain from crossing into Indian waters.

    hari Sunday, 19 January 2014 04:51 PM

    Stop going there. End of the story.

    SL Lover Sunday, 19 January 2014 10:29 AM

    Beating and harassing is the nature of Tamil Nadu. Eg. Watch their films


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