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Fisherman boat hit: TN govt writes to Coast Guard

Last Updated: Monday, May 14, 2012 - 13:32

Chennai: Taking serious note of the killing of a young fisherman after his boat was allegedly hit by a Coast Guard ship in the sea off Pamban coast, Tamil Nadu government has written to the Coast Guard to conduct a probe into the May 10 incident.

"On my direction, Chief Secretary has written to the Director General of Indian Coast Guard in Delhi seeking a detailed probe into the incident and demanding action against the guilty," Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa told the Assembly in a suo motu statement.

19-year-old Calvin Miller drowned when a ship allegedly collided with a country boat in which he was fishing along with four others in the sea off Pamban coast on May 10. While Calvin drowned, Santhia, Aruldass, Sinnasi and Devoss in the boat were rescued by fishermen of another boat in the sea.
Noting that she had already announced a solatium of Rs five lakh to the victim`s family, the Chief Minister said her government would take all steps to bring justice.

Emphasising the various measures taken by the government to protect the fishermen community, Jayalalithaa also recalled her letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the attack on Tamil Nadu fishermen allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy.

She said she had also urged the Prime Minister to treat the issue as a national issue in order to find a solution.


First Published: Monday, May 14, 2012 - 13:32
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