Union Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office V. Narayanasamy on Saturday questioned Sri Lanka’s denial of the firing on Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy on Thursday.
Speaking to The Hindu here, he said the statement issued by the Sri Lankan High Commission in Chennai that denied the role of Sri Lankan Naval personnel in connection with the firing on Indian fishermen could not be accepted. He himself met the fisherman of Karaikal, who had received a bullet injury, at a hospital in Chennai, and enquired about the incident. He told him that the Sri Lankan Naval personnel, who came by a patrolling craft, fired at their boat and he sustained a bullet injury on his shoulder, but others escaped unhurt. The account of the victim, who was recuperating at a hospital, could not be overlooked.
Mr. Narayansamy said the violence against Indian fishermen on the high seas between India and Sri Lanka had escalated in the recent days. During the last six months alone, he spoke to the Indian Embassy officials in Sri Lanka about 20 times in connection with the incidents of attack on Indian fishermen.
It was regrettable that the attack on fishermen was continuing in spite of a number of diplomatic missions and the discussion between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa over the issue in which the former asked the latter to avoid use of force under any circumstance on fishermen and deal with the issue in a humanitarian manner.
Mr. Narayanasamy said that he had spoken to the Minister of External Affairs about the escalation of attack on Indian fishermen on the high seas.
The Union Minister had requested him to take steps to stop the attacks. He will meet Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Monday and ask him to step up patrolling along the International Maritime Boundary Line .
at least in India people came to street unlike the barberic incidence in Tangalle
Suq Madique Sunday, 10 March 2013 01:29 AM
First question your fishermen on why they poach in SL waters. Keep them on your side of the maritime boundary and all will be solved.
Nodrog Sunday, 10 March 2013 01:31 AM
they intrude into our waters and steal our fish and have the audacity to complain when action is taken. They've been warned enough. Any action taken by SL Navy is justified as they have not heeded our gentle warnings.
up Sunday, 10 March 2013 07:51 AM
In our version, Fishermen himself fired.
Ranjit Sunday, 10 March 2013 01:46 AM
Indian Navy patrolling the high sea should dissuade the Indian fisherman from coming to SL waters. Otherwise this will become fishy for both countries..
Selva Sunday, 10 March 2013 08:02 AM
Denial of any accusation is very normal in SL!
Calistus Jayatilleke Sunday, 10 March 2013 08:08 AM
From this statement it is obvious that they have no intention of stopping the Indian fishermen from encroaching into our waters and poaching and they have the audacity to expect Sri Lanka to look the other way. Can he answer one simple question: if his neighbour gate-crashes into his house and steals his belongings, would he look the other side because he is his neighbour.
Ranil Sunday, 10 March 2013 02:46 AM
It is regretting that despite all the high level discussions that you mention indian fisherman violates our territorial boundaries so the problem is with the indian fisherman and not the lankan navy.
RAJU Sunday, 10 March 2013 08:52 AM
YOU ALL REPEATING THE SAME SONG, PLEASE TRY TO DO SOMETHING CONCRETLEY WITHOUT FOOLING THE PEOPLE.
Yuri Sunday, 10 March 2013 03:38 AM
well.. Sri Lankan ring all the bells. will see where its end
mohamed Sunday, 10 March 2013 12:00 AM
u cannot even protect a 23 yrs old innocent female medical student frm being raped n killed cold blooded in ur union capital delhi,so we think u can never ask ur foolish fishermen to not to enter Srilankan waters.
jena Sunday, 10 March 2013 10:52 AM
You guys just shut up.. Ur role in SL is just as the famous tamil proverb "Pinching the child to cry then swaying the cradle to stop that"
ss Sunday, 10 March 2013 02:21 PM
it all depends on how strong one is. They would dare do this if it is China
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