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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and is understood to have raised the issue of Indian fishermen being killed allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy.

Karunanidhi, who arrived here yesterday on a three-day visit, met Singh at his 7, Race Course Road residence and is believed to have asked the Prime Minister to tell Colombo not to resort to firing at fishermen who cross the International Maritime Border.

Karunanidhi also discussed the ensuing Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu and the seat-sharing mechanism between the DMK and Congress, DMK sources said. He is also scheduled to meet Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.

The chief minister had yesterday told reporters that he would discuss the fishermen issue with the Prime Minister. "I have discussed the issue with Singh on several occasions," he had said yesterday indicating that he would take up the issue again.

The meeting comes at a time when Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao is in Colombo to take up the issue with Sri Lanka. Rao was asked by External Affairs Minister S M Krishna to travel to Colombo to discuss the killing of Indian fishermen with the Sri Lankan government.

Reflecting the political sensitivities in Tamil Nadu, India has already reacted very strongly to the incidents in which two Indian fishermen were killed in the span of one month, notwithstanding the Sri Lankan government's claim that its navy was not involved. (Agencies)
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  • Ranil Monday, 31 January 2011 10:45 AM

    Yes ofcause. But you guyes are praying for killings by SL forces to ensure your assylum status in EU countries.

    Ezhilini Monday, 31 January 2011 08:30 AM

    SL Navy did not shot them. SL forces don t kill Cvilians.
    see how they saved the country from terrorists without killing a single civilian.

    ground boy Monday, 31 January 2011 08:30 AM

    If any more Indian fisherman cross over to Sri Lanka waters must kill. Our sea area is our resources and its for Sri Lankans only.Old man you too can try once.

    Cobra Monday, 31 January 2011 12:10 PM

    Karunanidhi always seem to raise something or other to make his voice heard!

    Ezhilini Monday, 31 January 2011 12:19 PM

    No one likes to be a refugee in a strange country. but, seeking assylum is better than being a slave in the home country.


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