Sri Lanka auctions Indian fishermen's boats; Ramadoss condemns

PMK leader Ramdoss Friday strongly condemned the reports that Sri Lankan Government was auctioning the boats seized from the Indian Fishermen, and said "the act of the Island government has shocked Indian fishermen."

PTI| Updated: Sep 19, 2014, 14:34 PM IST

Tiruchirappalli: PMK leader Ramdoss Friday strongly condemned the reports that Sri Lankan Government was auctioning the boats seized from the Indian Fishermen, and said "the act of the Island government has shocked Indian fishermen."

In a Statement he said the boats got damaged as they were not maintained and left uncared in the open sea. Besides the Sri Lankan navalmen also resorted to damaging them by colliding and kicking them, he said.

Stating that so far the navy had seized 72 boats from all over Tamil Nadu, he said the Lankan government, following a new policy, opted to release the fishermen and seize boats. They were auctioning the fishing boats.

The Indian Coast Guard was properly maintaining the boats seized from the Sri Lankan fishermen and protecting them.

He said that as per a fishing arrangement entered into between Sri Lanka and India On October 26, 2008, except in the areas of security concern and importance or sensitiveness off Sri Lankan coast, Indian fishermen could enter and fish in the traditional areas.

The arrangement between the two countries also stressed that the fishmen should not be subjected to any problem including imprisonment if they were arrested.

The Sri Lankan government, against this arrangement, had detained the fishermen for more than 90 days and tortured them. It was also seizing their boats and crippling them. More than 700 families had been affected by the seizure of 72 boats.

Both the state and central governments had not realised the gravity of the situation and were ignoring the problem of the fishermen, without taking any steps, he alleged.

India should condemn such acts through the diplomatic channel and get compensation for the boats which got damaged after being seized by them, he said.