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Fishermen’s killing: Pranab promises action

[Hindu, Sunday, 23 January 2011 11:42 No Comment]

PTI Through the Ministry of External Affairs, I will take it up with the Sri Lankan authorities: Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. File photo The Finance Minister said that he would take up the matter with Sri Lankan authorities through the External Affairs Ministry.

A fisherman from Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu was killed allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy on Saturday night. Taking a serious view of the “killing of two Tamil fishermen in 10 days” by the Sri Lankan Navy, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday assured Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi that the Centre would take up the issue with the Sri Lankan authorities.

On Saturday night, Jayakumar, a 28-year old fisherman from Pushpavanam fishing hamlet in Vedaranyam, was allegedly killed by the Sri Lankan Navy. He had gone for fishing with two other fishermen. His body was handed over to the family on Sunday.

On January 13, Veerapandian, a fisherman from Nagapattinam, was shot dead by the Sri Lankan Navy. The island nation denied involvement of its forces in the incident.

The Chief Minister drew Mr. Mukherjee’s attention to the continuing attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen when the latter called on him on Sunday morning. “Through the Ministry of External Affairs, I will take it up with the Sri Lankan authorities,” Mr. Mukherjee told reporters at Mr. Karunanidhi’s Gopalapuram residence.

Stressing that India had good relationship with Sri Lanka, Mr. Mukherjee said if the fishermen had done anything wrong they could have been arrested and due process could have been followed.

“Two fishermen have been killed in the last 10 days,” Mr. Mukherjee added.

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