India to take up with Lanka attacks on TN fishermen: PC

Centre today informed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi that the External Affairs Ministry would take up with Sri Lankan Government the issue of attacks on the state`s fishermen allegedly by Lankan Navy.

Last Updated: Jul 10, 2010, 00:17 AM IST

Chennai: Centre today informed Tamil Nadu
Chief Minister M Karunanidhi that the External Affairs
Ministry would take up with Sri Lankan Government the issue of
attacks on the state`s fishermen allegedly by Lankan Navy.

Responding to Karunanidhi`s letter yesterday on recent
killing of a fisherman allegedly by Lankan Navy, Union Home
Minister P Chidambaram said he had discussed the issue with
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

In a letter to Karunanidhi, a copy of which was released
to media here, Chidambaram said he had also discussed the
issue with National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon.

"I understand that the Ministry of External Affairs will
take up the matter with the Government of Sri Lanka," he said.

Voicing concern over "continuing attacks" on Tamil Nadu
fishermen, Karunanidhi had yesterday shot off a letter to the
Prime Minister seeking his immediate intervention to put an
end to such incidents. He had also sent copies of the letter
to Chidambaram, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and
Defence Minister A K Antony.
Meanwhile, AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa today said writing letters to Centre on this issue would not be helpful. "Attacks on Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy is
still continuing. In this regard, he (Karunanidhi) keeps on
writing letters (to the Centre). This will not yield any
result. This shows that he does not have any regard for them
(fishermen)," Jayalalithaa said in a statement.

According to fisheries department officials, Chellappan
(53) died of serious injuries after he along with three others
were "tortured" by Sri Lankan naval-men off Kodiakarai coast
in Nagapattinam district on Wednesday night.

-PTI