TN CM reiterates demand for Katchateevu

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CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam (OPS) has swung into action, shooting off a letter to the prime minister in the style of his predecessor J. Jayalalithaa demanding that Katchateevu Island should be recovered from Sri Lanka.

The government led by Narendra Modi had taken the stand that the Indo-Sri Lankan agreements of 1974 and 1976, by which India gifted Katchateevu to the island nation, could not be annulled.

That clarification came when the Jayalalithaa government raised the demand that the treaties be annulled and fishermen from Tamil Nadu be allowed to access the island.

OPS, as the new chief minister is known, in his letter said: “The government of Tamil Nadu strongly reiterates the need to restore the traditional rights of our fishermen by annulling the ill-advised Indo-Sri Lankan agreements of 1974 and 1976 urgently.”

He also urged Modi to take “positive and concrete steps” to secure the immediate release of 20 fishermen and 75 boats still in custody of the Sri Lankan authorities.

He repeated the arguments that Jayalalithaa has been offering: that the traditional rights of fishermen from Tamil Nadu to fish in the waters of Palk Bay was being continuously infringed upon by the Sri Lankan Navy.

He stressed that due to the “untiring and relentless efforts” taken by Jayalalithaa, 76 fishermen languishing in Sri Lankan jails were released by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday.

Of them, 72 were from Tamil Nadu.

OPS sought release of the 71 fishing boats of the fishermen still in Sri Lankan custody, and pointed out that the boats will become useless as monsoon is arriving.

Meanwhile, the ruling Anna DMK party pressed on with its protests against the jailing of Jayalalithaa.

There was widespread anger against the judiciary, and the opposition DMK that initiated the case against Jayalalithaa when it was in power.

Protesters demanded that Jayalalithaa, jailed in Bangalore, be freed immediately.

However, police said no violence was reported from any part of the state. (Source: Gulf Today)
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  • ABC Friday, 03 October 2014 08:57 AM

    Top priority after getting power 8s makung troubles to others. Typical TN style. via DM Android App

    mount Friday, 03 October 2014 09:10 AM

    SRILANKAN LAND COVERED BY INDIAN SEA. NO WORTH FOR SRILANKA.

    Asiri L Friday, 03 October 2014 04:07 PM

    India has a big land and still drooling saliva for little kachchativu????

    Asitha Friday, 03 October 2014 08:16 AM

    Follow the footsteps of Jayalalitha and you can be in the cell next to her in prison..Good luck CM

    Tharaka Friday, 03 October 2014 04:37 AM

    Useless work

    Tharaka Friday, 03 October 2014 04:38 AM

    Nice Work

    antonsunil77a Friday, 03 October 2014 09:01 AM

    drumming up old war songs to be popular like jaya lalitha

    Sammy Friday, 03 October 2014 05:25 AM

    He has to continue playing the same old broken record of his Madam.

    Ajjaa Friday, 03 October 2014 05:26 AM

    Onna oka deela dapan ...mala perethayo....

    kotik Friday, 03 October 2014 02:51 PM

    God bless TN via DM Android App


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