Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

AIADMK raises alleged killing of Tamil Fisherman in Lok Sabha

AIADMK raises alleged killing of Tamil Fisherman in Lok Sabha

Narendra Modi's own words came back to haunt his government today when MPs demanded answers on the recent killing of an Indian fisherman, allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy.

A 22-year-old Indian fisherman was shot dead on Monday last while he was fishing in a mechanised boat a short distance off the Katchatheevu islet.

On Thursday, the state ruling party AIADMK raised the issue in the House, while the opposition, DMK leader Kanimozhi spoke on the issue in the Parliament demanding Centre's intervention into the matter, according to India Today reports. We have raised this issue through Vice President on the sidelines of a summit in Indonesia. The DMK member said that the poor fishermen were being attacked repeatedly and urged the government to strongly raise the issue with the Sri Lankan government. Speaking at a rally in Tamil Nadu's Tiruchy on September 26, 2013, as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, Modi had said the government's "soft" response was responsible for the incidents. Importantly, Tamil Nadu needs to be more proactive in addressing the root of the problem, which lie in the use of trawlers by its fishermen.

Balasubramaniam said the killing of fishermen is "not justifiable" under any circumstances and this incident should be strongly condemned. "The Indian government will do well to send a strong message to the Sri Lankan government".

Congress member Madhusudan Mistry said Pakistan marines had captured several fishermen from Gujarat recently. "A full statement on this will be made as soon as possible".

Sri Lanka had earlier informed the Indian High Commission in Colombo that it will release all 85 Indian fishermen in their custody, external affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.

Like this: