With Sri Lankan Navy allegedly killing two Tamil Nadu fishermen in the last ten days, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today said the shootings cannot be justified.
"There is no point and justification in shooting them," he told reporters after meeting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK President M. Karunanidhi at his residence here to discuss the issue.
"Naturally the Chief Minister is worried," Mukherjee, accompanied by DMK MP T.R. Baalu and TNCC President K.V. Thangkabalu said.
Urging the Sri Lankan Navy to desist from firing at the Indian fishermen, he said if they had done something wrong (like crossing International Maritime Boundary Line), they should have been apprehended.
"I am told that in the last 10 days two fishermen (from Tamil Nadu) have been killed. We have good relations with Sri Lanka and are helping them," he said.
He said he had assured Karunanidhi that he would take up the matter with the foreign ministry, which in turn would raise it with Lankan authorities to ensure such incidents did not recur.
In a fresh incident of attack on Tamil Nadu fishermen in Palk Straits, one person was killed on January 22 when Sri Lankan Navy allegedly tied a fisherman by a rope and threw him into the sea. Another one was killed on January 12 when the Lankan Navy opened fire at three fishermen, who put out to sea from Jagadapattinnam near Pudukottai.
India had reacted strongly to killing of Indian fishermen in firing by the Sri Lankan Navy on January 12, saying such incidents have no 'justification' and called on authorities in the island nation to 'desist' from use of force.
Tamil Nadu fishermen have complained of frequent attacks by the island republic's navy, prompting DMK, an UPA coalition partner and other political parties in the state to demand an end to such attacks by taking up the issue strongly with Sri Lanka.
Mukherjee is here on a one-day visit to attend official functions.
Susanthi Abeysekara Monday, 24 January 2011 12:51 AM
If our Navy killed the TN fishermen, where is the evidence India?
Thas Monday, 24 January 2011 12:56 AM
No point in talking. What is needed is action.
kumaran Monday, 24 January 2011 08:53 AM
srilanka will b wiped out of maps
adahan Monday, 24 January 2011 01:48 AM
This is a serious matter and Sri Lanka must maintain the existing arrangement, that is to continue the navies of the two countries to police the area so that wild accusation can be avoided. If not the matter will certainly culminate in straining the very good relationship of these two friendly governments.
Fazli Monday, 24 January 2011 02:16 AM
Fishermen fighting among themselves over a limited resource. No proof SLN killed them. India should stop Indians fishing in SL waters. Problem solved.
spark Monday, 24 January 2011 02:43 AM
It is time the Indian Navy taught the Sri Lankan Navy who is the big boss around this region.
Bird Eye Monday, 24 January 2011 03:12 AM
Another one gets in to the band wagon.
Srilankan Monday, 24 January 2011 10:09 AM
Yehiya-Doha Sunday, 23 January 2011 02:55 PM
Both Navy have to work together to sort out this issue.
channa Sunday, 23 January 2011 03:38 PM
If India is helping SL, then stop Tamil Nadu fisheman coming to SL waters and taking away the fish of the innocent Tamils living in Northern SL....
anura Sunday, 23 January 2011 03:50 PM
Fool, just send your Navy for patrol and protect your people, words would not works in this case...
Nimesh Sunday, 23 January 2011 03:56 PM
KHKaru Sunday, 23 January 2011 04:18 PM
Please don't make false allegations to appease that venomous creature, Vaiko.
Ceylon Monday, 24 January 2011 06:45 AM
Come on minster, how many indian fisherman dyed all these days. Now again you are trying to control Srilanka. How many Srilankans killed by Indians
Mariikar Sunday, 23 January 2011 05:59 PM
Goodness Gracious Pranab! The Indian fisherman were competing for fish with the Sri Lankan Navy and things may have got a bit heated!
News bug Sunday, 23 January 2011 07:04 PM
India is powerless. Better to shut up. Sri Lanka is the regional super power now.
shavantha Monday, 24 January 2011 12:18 AM
The two navies should work to gather the South Indians are trying to create fake issues hear as they have been doing all the time
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