New Delhi: Members on Wednesday expressed concern in
the Lok Sabha over the killing and arrest of Indian fishermen
by men on foreign merchant ships and Sri Lankan and Pakistani
forces, and demanded stringent measures to deter those
indulging in such atrocities.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, M I Shanavas (Cong)
recalled the incident where men in an Italian merchant ship
had recently shot dead two Indian fishermen.
"The Italian men behaved just like people do while hunting
wild animals and shot two fishermen in cold blood... Stringent
measures should be taken so that such cases do not occur
again," Shanavas said.
Peethambara Kurup (Cong) insisted that those who attack
Indian fishermen should be punished.
He pointed out that the bodies of some fishermen entangled
in a net were still under sea and have not been retrieved.
Another member maintained that Pakistan has kept Indian
fishermen in their custody along with 640 boats on the ground
that they had entered international waters. He urged that the
government take up this matter.
Saidul Haque (CPI-M) said the government proposal to
provide only 4.5 per cent sub-quota for minorities was a
"gimmick" and should be increased to 10 per cent.
Nama Nageshwar Rao (TDP) said his constituency Khamam
is Naxal-hit but the funds sent by the Centre were not being