Upset over the frequent incidents of abduction and arrest of fishermen from Tamil Nadu by the Sri Lankan navy, chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Friday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to summon the high commissioner of Sri Lanka in New Delhi and convey India's strong protest.
In her second letter to the Prime Minister in 24 hours, Jayalalithaa sought the Prime Minister's intervention in the incidents of 'unprovoked' assault on Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy.
The chief minister said it was clear that the Sri Lankan navy was acting with impunity and carrying out 'unprovoked and illegal acts of abduction and detention' of innocent fishermen from Tamil Nadu 'because of total lack of response from the Centre.'
"Unless the Centre takes positive and concrete steps to secure the release of fishermen, the deep sense of frustration among fishermen in Tamil Nadu is bound to escalate," Jayalalithaa said, pointing to her earlier letters seeking urgent action.
She said the Union ministry of external affairs had failed to take any steps to lodge a strong protest with the island nation.
Jayalalithaa cited three latest incidents involving attack and detention of Nagapattinam fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy on July 30 and 31. Five fishermen of Perumalpettai village were brutally attacked with pipes, sickles and other weapons by Sri Lankan fishermen. All of them had been admitted to the government district headquarters hospital in Nagapattinam, Jayalaltihaa said.
Twenty fishermen on three mechanised fishing boats from Nagapattinam were abducted and detained by the Lankan navy near Point Pedro. Another set of 16 fishermen on two boats were held near Mullaitheevu, she said. (The Times of India)
Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 03 August 2013 07:04 AM
Someone should seriously drill it into her head that her fishermen should be restrained in order not to stray into Sri Lankan waters and poach our resources. When that happens, there won't be any need for all this drama to fool her uneducated voters.
Devinda Daulagala Friday, 02 August 2013 05:09 PM
Jaye and Karunds... How is your health? BP high? Looks like it... Take more ghee!! Checking out the Obituary columns daily meta looking out for your names... Please oblige.. Thank you aargh
Bucket Harry Friday, 02 August 2013 05:39 PM
Tamil Nadu fishermen intentionally stray into Sri Lankan terroritorial waters firstly for stealing of fish harvest. Secondly they are also involved in narcotics trade which is far more lucrative business. Earlier they were involved in the transportation of explosives/devices/arms for LTTE. In the absence of LTTE activities, detection of large hauls of "Kerala Ganja" in the recent past in the Island shows ample testimoney to this fact. Nobody could blame for SL Navy since they are making every effort to keep TN fishermen at bay. Reluctantly we have to believe that Ms Jeyalalitha seems to be encouraging TN fishermen for these dirty jobs.
Citizen L Sunday, 04 August 2013 07:22 AM
Dear India, for the LOVE OF GOD grow a pair and STOP this cow from messing up the good relations that presently exist between our two countries....
Saskia Friday, 02 August 2013 01:22 PM
Your letters have no use. Just seek help from international community to find a solution for this. Or form your own armed forces and send them with your fishermen. Your state has almost 70 million people and has enough resources.
Cobra Friday, 02 August 2013 01:45 PM
Isn't there someone who can cure this woman of the rare ailment she is suffering from- I think it is called scratchitis!!!
M.O.A.Careem Friday, 02 August 2013 01:45 PM
coming color is not good......
lal Friday, 02 August 2013 02:31 PM
Sri Lankan Tamil fishermen do not want TN poachers on Lankan waters. The Lankan navy is doing their job by keeping undesirables away.
Shashika Tuesday, 06 August 2013 04:31 AM
Find solution for what?? for stealing ???
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