DMK warns UPA on attacks on TN fishermen
Chennai: Lashing out at the Centre for
continued attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen by their Sri Lankan
counterparts and the island nation's navy, key UPA coalition
partner DMK today warned that neither such incidents nor delay
on government's part to intervene can be tolerated.
In a strongly-worded statement, DMK chief M Karunanidhi
said the latest attack, where Sri Lankan fishermen hurled
petrol bombs at Indian fishermen came days after External
Affairs Minister S M Krishna's visit to the island nation and
assurances there will be no problems for Tamil Nadu fishermen.
"While his assurances have gone with the wind and attacks
seem to be a continuing affair, people of Tamil Nadu have been
forced to a situation which they cannot tolerate anymore.
"Before things take a turn for the worse, the Centre
should intervene without delay. I warn neither the delay nor
attacks by Sri Lankan fishermen and its Navy can be
tolerated," he said.
The attack has the potential of 'provoking' the people of
the state, he added.
In the latest attack, a fishing boat from Rameswaram was
damaged after Sri Lankan fishermen allegedly hurled a petrol
bomb at it near Katchatheevu in the Palk straits.
The boat's stern had caught fire in the attack last
night. Fishermen had alleged that earlier Sri Lankan naval
personnel in the vicinity had asked them not to venture into
Lankan territorial waters.