Rao to discuss fishermen issue

28 January 2011 08:13 am - 28     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao will travel to Colombo on Saturday to discuss with the Sri Lankan government the killing of Indian fishermen in the past one month allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy.

“Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna has asked the Foreign Secretary to go to Sri Lanka tomorrow to discuss the killing of Indian fishermen with the government there,” sources said on Friday.

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 Sri Lankan government’s claim that its navy was not involved.

Terming the incidents as “very serious” and “unacceptable”, India has said that such incidents have no “justification” and called on Sri Lankan authorities to “desist” from the use of force.

A fisherman was killed and two others were injured while fishing off Kodiakarai coast on January 22. The man, who had put out to sea with two others from Pushpavanam coastal hamlet, died after Sri Lankan Naval personnel allegedly tied a rope around his neck and pushed him into the water, fisheries department sources said.

On January 12, an Indian fishermen was killed in Palk Straits when Sri Lankan Navy allegedly opened fire at three fishermen, who put out to sea from Jagadapattinnam near Pudukottai. (PTI)

  Comments - 28

  • Yehiya-Doha Friday, 28 January 2011 03:23 PM

    Dear Mrs. Rao you can see the differance after CBK & Kadirgamar regime.

    KHKaru Friday, 28 January 2011 04:10 PM

    No one is deemed guilty until proven so ! Simple or not, what else can one do, rather than denying, if one has not really done it.

    AVATHAANY Friday, 28 January 2011 05:12 PM

    This visting is only for formality.

    Sujee Friday, 28 January 2011 05:49 PM

    LTTE Rump KILLED the Indian Fishermen to create a rift between India and Sri Lanka!

    ila Friday, 28 January 2011 06:24 PM

    it will be a good trip to her. nothing else.

    n.sethupathy Friday, 28 January 2011 08:25 AM

    yet more fishermen will be killed.

    Indian Friday, 28 January 2011 09:00 AM

    srilanka denied its navy involvement so its up to India to provide proof and bring guilty to book.Indian gov is facing heat.save #tnfishermen campaign in twitter.

    Karthik Friday, 28 January 2011 08:58 AM

    We dont trust you. Come, have good Sri lankan meal, get back to India... Pls dont make big press release after meeting officials here. Waste of time

    penyless_President Friday, 28 January 2011 09:21 AM

    Why should the navy kill the indian Fishermen??

    Indian Friday, 28 January 2011 09:22 AM

    as usual election is comping please stop for sometime after election continue killing.

    Kane Friday, 28 January 2011 09:30 AM

    It is a very sensitive matter and has to be handled diplomatically.

    babasi Friday, 28 January 2011 09:31 AM

    thanks for your advice. Please go and handle

    Indian Friday, 28 January 2011 09:39 AM

    Srilankan diplomacy we know very well it is simple to deny everything

    Jayan Friday, 28 January 2011 09:56 AM

    This matter must be settled diplomatically. Don't think that just because China is on our side we can get away with everything.

    Lanke Banda Friday, 28 January 2011 10:02 AM

    Also discuss the attack on the Chennai Mahabodhi.

    ask Friday, 28 January 2011 10:03 AM

    Stop steeling our resources

    Kane Friday, 28 January 2011 10:07 AM

    I appreciate your comment.

    Kane Friday, 28 January 2011 10:10 AM

    Are you a supporter of WW.

    ching pong Friday, 28 January 2011 10:28 AM

    the present congress party govt of india have only buissness interests rather than the safety of their own citizens. i see sri lanka is the superpower than india.

    zorro Friday, 28 January 2011 10:39 AM

    we deny everything! it is our great tradition.

    LS Friday, 28 January 2011 10:53 AM

    stealing others resources are punishable. Get lost and dont visit SL.

    julian Friday, 28 January 2011 11:10 AM


    MagodisThuma Friday, 28 January 2011 11:34 AM

    Keep your babies well within your premises !.

    ground boy Friday, 28 January 2011 12:04 PM

    What you can do madam?? Please come with an Indian fishing boat to see how they fishing in Sri Lana waters.. Indians worst than Chinese

    Yehiya-Doha Friday, 28 January 2011 12:34 PM

    Mrs. Rao,Your good friend.Easy to sort it out.

    John Friday, 28 January 2011 12:36 PM

    Has India ever accepted they provided training and weapons to the LTTE? If not for Russia, China and Pakistan we would never have put an end to this menace.

    Nihal Friday, 28 January 2011 12:39 PM

    Some of you guys are trying to pit SL against India. When will your dreams come to an end?

    Chinese Friday, 28 January 2011 12:55 PM

    How about Sri Lankans? Worse than Indains.

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