DMK slams Lankan govt for denying its navy`s role in attacks

The DMK slammed the Sri Lankan government for denying its navy`s role in a recent attack on Tamil Nadu fishermen.

Last Updated: Feb 03, 2011, 18:27 PM IST

Chennai: The DMK on Thursday slammed the Sri
Lankan government for denying its navy`s role in a recent
attack on Tamil Nadu fishermen and demanded that a new accord
be signed to establish Tamil Nadu`s rights once again at
Katchatheevu, an islet ceded by India in 1974.

A resolution to this effect was passed at the party`s
General Council meeting headed by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister
and DMK president M Karunanidhi.

"A fisherman N Jayakumar was killed brutally by the
Sri Lankan Navy recently. The General Council strongly
condemns the Sri Lankan government for denying its navy`s role
in this attack," the council, the party`s top decision making
body said.

It said efforts should be taken (by the Centre) to
"establish Tamil Nadu`s rights once again in Katchatheevu".

The islet was ceded by India to Sri Lanka in 1974 by
way of an accord, making it a contentious issue since then.

Tamil Nadu fishermen have frequently charged the Sri Lankan
Navy with attacking them and killing many while fishing near
Katchatheevu area, an allegation denied by Sri Lanka.

On the vexed issue of ethnic problem in neighbouring
Sri Lanka, the general council resolved that Centre should
take efforts to ensure for devolution of powers to Tamils, as
that alone would ensure co-existence (of the majority Sinhala
and the minority Tamil communities).

Making a pitch for the controversial multi-crore
Sethusamudram canal project, which has run into rough weather
following opposition from Hindu groups and litigations, the
council said the Centre should take efforts to complete it.

The project was flagged off in 2005 but later found
opposition following a decision to dredge Ramasethu, believed
to have been constructed by Lord Rama to cross to Sri Lanka.

In another resolution, the party reiterated its demand
for regional autonomy and called for suitable amendments in
the constitution for this purpose. The DMK government had
first passed a resolution in the Tamil Nadu Assembly in 1974
for regional autonomy.

The council also adopted a resolution for making Tamil
one of the official languages of India.

PTI