The Indian National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought a report from the Indian ministry of external affairs on a complaint filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari about the killing of Tamil Nadu fishermen reportedly by the Sri Lankan navy.
According to a BJP statement Saturday, the petition referred to the “barbaric killing of more than 500 innocent Tamil fishermen in the past”.
The NHRC notice mentioned that such innocent fishermen are often shot at or tortured by the Sri Lankan Navy and the Indian government is doing nothing to protect them, the statement said.
Gadkari had moved the commission March 3 to seek directions to the central and state governments to stop the killings and torture of Tamil fishermen.
Gadkari, accompanied by BJP national secretary Murlidhar Rao and Tamil Nadu BJP president Radhakrishnan, visited the NHRC.
He alleged that there had been an escalation in attacks on Tamil fishermen at sea during the United Progressive Alliance government’s rule.
Gadkari urged the commission to enquire from the state government if chargesheets had been filed in the cases related to the killings and if any prosecution has been made.
Gadkari also said that the Indo-Sri Lanka joint working group (JWG) on fishing should be reactivated.
The statement said that the BJP will raise the fishermen’s issue during the coming Tamil Nadu assembly polls. (IANS)
Comments - 3
Riyaz Sunday, 20 March 2011 05:30 AM
This called fishing in murky waters. The BJP cannot win even 1000 votes in Tamil Nadu. No party want to align with it because of its communal politics. If the BJP thinks it can score a point by taking an anti-Lanka stand, it will have to think again. Even the AIADMK supremo Jayalalitha kicked Vaiko out of her alliance this morning. Such is the support for anti-lanka lobby in Tamil Nadu.
dutugamunu Saturday, 19 March 2011 12:27 PM
T-NADU ELACTIONS is due ... !! Bankrupt politicians need some action to divert ppls attention.. typical politics !!
Yuri Saturday, 19 March 2011 08:58 PM
Human Rights in India? well if Game starts to be this way who can Stop
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