Concern in LS over killing of Indian fishermen
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 22:36
  
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 utilised properly.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 22:36


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