Attacks on fishermen: Jaya seeks stronger steps from Centre

AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa Thursday demanded stronger steps from the Centre on the issue of attacks on Indian fishermen allegedly by Sri Lankan Navy.

Last Updated: Feb 17, 2011, 22:57 PM IST

Chennai: AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa Thursday
demanded stronger steps from the Centre on the issue of
attacks on Indian fishermen allegedly by Sri Lankan Navy and
demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh talk to Sri Lankan
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and warn him of "consequences" if
attacks recurred.

"Mere despatching of letters from Chennai to Delhi or
sending messengers from Delhi to Colombo will not be of any
use. The sequence of events clearly shows that the UPA
government does not care about the letters Chief Minister M
Karunanidhi keeps despatching. And the Sri Lankan government
does not care about India`s warning," she said.

"Stronger steps are required. As a first step, sending
India`s Sukhoi aircraft for display at the 16th anniversary of
the Sri Lankan Air Fair should be stopped. The Katchatheevu
agreement has to be abrogated and the island brought back into
the Indian map to bring India`s territorial waters to its
original distance," she said in a statement here.

She demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pick
up the phone and speak to Rajapaksa and tell him that "if the
atrocities against Indian fishermen are not stopped forthwith,
Sri Lanka will have to face the consequences".

She alleged that the issue of attacks on fishermen was
being "trivialised", adding, just after a week of India
conveying its concerns to Sri Lanka over the attacks, 136
Tamil Nadu fishermen had been detained in the island nation.

Taking a dig at Karunanidhi`s daughter and Rajya Sabha
MP Kanimozhi for courting arrest on Wednesday on the issue,
the former chief minister asked what she was doing all this
time when "killings" were happening.

PTI