Body of fourth fisherman found; Sushma calls up Krishna

Police found the body of the fourth fisherman who had gone missing after putting out to sea from here early this month.

Last Updated: Apr 16, 2011, 17:53 PM IST

Rameswaram: Police on Saturday found the body
of the fourth fisherman who had gone missing after putting out
to sea from here early this month.

The body of Marimuthu, who had gone missing on April 2
along with three other fishermen, was found at Kodiakarai in
Nagapattinam district, fisheries and police officials said.

The body bore injury marks as in the case of the other
three, whose bodies have already been found, officials said,
adding, it was being taken to his native place Virudhunagar.

Victus, Anthony, Johnpaul and Marimuthu, all from
Thangachimadam here, had ventured into the sea on April 2 but
did not return after two days as scheduled.

Local fishermen alleged that their four colleagues had
been tortured to death by Sri Lankan naval personnel and the
bodies dumped one by one into sea.

Expressing concern over the killings, Leader of the
Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj today called up External
Affairs Minister S M Krishna to discuss the matter.

Swaraj said she had taken up the issue with Krishna, who
is now in Bangalore, after receiving information that all the
four Indian fishermen have been killed.

"He (Krishna) has promised to ascertain facts and revert
at the earliest," she said on Twitter.

Swaraj said she has also spoken to BJP Organisation
Secretary of Tamil Nadu Mohan Rajlu and asked him to visit
Rameshwaram.

On April 6, the body of Victus was found washed ashore at
Nedunthivu along the Sri Lankan coast. The body was buried at
Jaffna on April 10 after fishermen, including the brother of
Victus, went there and identified it.

The highly decomposed body of Anthony was found in sea off
Solaikudi near here on April 12, while that of Johnpaul was
found washed ashore a day later. His right was chopped off.

The Tamil Nadu Government has announced Rs five lakh as
relief to the next of kin of each fisherman, but it is yet to
be disbursed in view of the Assembly elections.

Congress MLA from Ramanathapuram Hasan Ali, seeking
re-election from the seat, visited the families of the four
fishermen today and gave them Rs 3.5 lakh as relief.

Swaraj has been raising the issue in and outside
Parliament and has even visited the family members of two
fishermen from Nagapattinam who reportedly died after being
attacked by the Sri Lankan navy.

After the earlier incidents, Krishna had visited Swaraj
and apprised her of steps being taken to sort out the issue,
including holding talks with Sri Lanka.

Top Indian officials have also visited Colombo and
registered their complaint with the Sri Lankan government.

PTI