Take strict action to prevent killing of TN fishermen: CM

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today appealed to the Centre to take strict action to prevent the killing of fishermen from the state allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy at mid-sea.

Last Updated: Jul 08, 2010, 23:56 PM IST

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M
Karunanidhi today appealed to the Centre to take strict action
to prevent the killing of fishermen from the state allegedly
by the Sri Lankan Navy at mid-sea.

Responding to the killing of a 55-year-old fisherman and
"torture" of three more allegedly by Lankan Navy personnel
last night, Karunanidhi also asked the Centre to inform the
people of the state about the truth behind the incident.

"Such things have become routine and despite the state
government raising the issue with the Prime Minister or
other Ministers concerned, no solution has been found. And the
Centre, with an intention of pacifying us, writes a letter to
the Sri Lankan government whenever such an incident happens.
But there has been no end to such (alleged) attacks," he said.

Recalling the recent understanding between Delhi and
Colombo, he said the Lankan Navy was violating undertakings by
by that government that fishermen from Tamil Nadu, even if
they violate international maritime boundary line, would not
be assaulted but made to undergo due legal procedure.

"The Centre should immediately intervene and ensure such
incidents do not recur. It should also inform the people of
the state (about) the truth behind the latest incident," he
said in an official statement here.

PTI