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[TOI, Thursday, 17 November 2011 07:57 No Comment]

 Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Wednesday urged the Centre to assert itself with the Sri Lankan government to control the "rogue" elements in the Sri Lankan Navy who continue to indulge in acts of physical assault on Indian fishermen.In her fifth letter on the issue to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in recent months, Jayalalithaa said the attacks on the state fishermen had caused "great unrest," among the people and they should be construed as attacks on India and treated as a national issue.

"I strongly feel that the government of India should assert itself with the Sri Lankan government to control the rogue elements in the Sri Lankan Navy who continue to indulge in acts of physical assault on our innocent fishermen," she said.The chief minister also said, "Despite my letters to you and despite your taking up the issue with the government of Sri Lanka and their stated assurances in this regard, the attacks on our fishermen continue unabated and the situation is worsening day by day." Her letter to the PM comes in the wake of Tuesday’s incident after five fishermen from Rameswaram were injured, one of them seriously, when Indian fishing boats were allegedly attacked by the Sri Lankan Navy personnel. She said, "The continued occurrence of such incidents have created a feeling of insecurity among the fishermen community and despair over the apparent inaction of the government of India to prevent such attacks despite our repeated requests.  "Jayalalithaa further said, "I have already shared my apprehension of the double standards adopted by the government of Sri Lanka, which,

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