Indian fishermen to boycott Katchatheevu pilgrimage

25 January 2016 05:51 am - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Tamil Nadu fishermen have decided to boycott Katchatheevu pilgrimage for the annual festival at St Antony’s Church and not lend their boats, the Hindu reported today.

The pilgrimage is scheduled for February 20 and 21.

Leaders of 11 fishermen associations met in Tamil Nadu on Saturday and decided to boycott the festival in protest against the arrest of fishermen by the Lankan Navy and confiscation of their boats, P. Sesu Raja, leader of an association, said.

The associations felt that there was no point in attending the festival, organised by the Jaffna Diocese when fishermen were not allowed to fish around the islet as per the agreement after India ceded the islet to Sri Lanka, he said.

The Sri Lankan authorities repeatedly warned fishermen against crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line and threatened to ‘nationalise’ their confiscated boats but the Indian government remained silent, the leaders lamented.

They have conveyed their decision to L. Sahayaraj, Verkodu Parish Priest, who is the chief coordinator of the pilgrimage.
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  • lkboy Monday, 25 January 2016 11:37 AM

    Good. lol.

    RK Monday, 25 January 2016 11:56 AM

    Please boycott Sri Lankan waters as well.

    Cobra Monday, 25 January 2016 12:00 PM

    G.R.O.B.R!!!

    tux Monday, 25 January 2016 12:23 PM

    This is hilarious!!! These Indians (I mean TNs) are such entertainers lol! Crossing our borders, looting our fisheries and after releasing these bigots without prosecuting they claim to boycott our own soil hahha!! Sri Lanka is so grieved and inconvenienced by this massive blow lol!!


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