Sri Lankan Navy, who on Saturday surprised Indian fishermen trawling near Katchatheevu by offering them soft drinks and sweets, attacked eight fishermen in the Indian territory off Dhamushkodi coast early Sunday, Fiseries Department sources said.
Voicing dismay over continuing arrests of Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has told the Centre that such repeated actions undermine all confidence and goodwill which two countries are attempting to build.
DMK chief M Karunanidhi today demanded that India revoke its offer to train Sri Lankan naval officials and said the act raised doubts if the Centre was going easy on some issues to retain its neutral character worldwide.
Sri Lankan air force helicopters and naval vessels have been deployed in a joint rescue mission for fishermen caught in stormy weather off the south western coast of the island, relief officials said on Saturday.
Voicing concern over frequent attacks
and harassment of Tamil Nadu fishermen by Sri Lankan
Navy, CM J Jayalalithaa has told PM Manmohan Singh that it should be viewed as "an act of
provocation and aggression" against India.
Lashing out at the Congress-led UPA
government for the recurring attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen
allegedly by Sri Lankan navy, MDMK leader Vaiko Sunday said the
Centre will be "held responsible" if no firm action was taken.