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If both Indian and Sri Lankan governments remain silent regarding the killing of the Rameshwaram fisherman, Indian fishermen's organisations yesterday said they would complain to the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) against the shooting.

The Chairperson of National Fishworkers Forum (NFF) M. Ilango said a thorough investigation should be launched into the fisherman's death and those who are responsible should be brought to book.

"During the post mortem, AK-47 bullets have been found inside the victims's body and there are witnesses of the shooting. But, Sri Lankan Navy has denied the allegation. Who shot him then? We need to know who are responsible for this murder," M. Ilango said.

He stressed that both governments should move faster for a permanent solution to the long-standing fishermen crisis.

South Indian Federation of Fishermen Societies (SIFFS) said the alleged shooting was inhuman and unacceptable.

"Previously, our fishermen have been harassed and intimidated by the Sri Lanka Navy. But, this is the first serious incident that happened after five years," V. Vivekanandan of SIFFS said.

He said local authorities of both countries are under tremendous pressure to act as the issue has been dragged towards a political context.

Indian media reported that the deceased was hit by a bullet in his throat while fishing with five others on the seas between Sri Lankan island of Katchatheevu and Danushkodi of Pamban Island, Tamil Nadu on Monday.

When contacted by the Daily Mirror, Sri Lanka Navy Spokesperson Lieutenant Commander Chaminda Walakuluge yesterday had denied such allegations and stated the Navy had not been ordered to fire at Indian fishermen.

However, The Hindu reported today that Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Colombo regarding the shooting.

According to NFF, fishermen from five districts of Tamil Nadu Ramanathapuram, Pudukkottai, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur and Thiruvarur are fishing in Sri Lankan waters.

Fishermen's organisations from the five districts are meeting tomorrow (09) in Nagapattinam to discuss on a protest campaign, demanding legal actions against the responsible parties of the Rameshwaram shooting. (Piyumi Fonseka, reporting from India)

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  • ravin Thursday, 09 March 2017 08:29 AM

    O !! UNHRC , there come the hidden hand behind.

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 09 March 2017 09:32 AM

    In any civilized world, one does not see the killing of fishermen, even if they had strayed into national waters. If this was by the SLN, then this is typical uncivilized, undisciplined and arrogant behavior.

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 09 March 2017 09:36 AM

    Vigi and TNA are not the head of the Navy nor are they part of the Defense Ministry. Smuggling happens all over the world, but those navies handle it with professionally and not like a group of undisciplined thugs.

    SL Thursday, 09 March 2017 07:40 AM

    Please ,Please go,Let us see how unbiased UN react and protect our sea from Indian looter and Heroin smugglers.Hope this will not be like Big -3 game in ICC .

    Sam Thursday, 09 March 2017 07:43 AM

    It is disgusting to see that Vigi and TNA keep silent when Indian looting the lively hood of they northern Tamils,the very people they claim representing for , while Navy is working hard to stop heroin smugglers and looters

    Elakolla Thursday, 09 March 2017 08:15 AM

    It's amusing to see the comments on Indian news boards regarding this issue. Regardless it's simple really, just a matter of India getting out of this superior bull(y) mentality and respecting international border laws!


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