One of the survival of the alleged attack by Sri Lankan Navy on Tamil Nadu fishermen told reporters in Chennai that they left the Indian coast around 7 am and Sri Lankan Navy arrived on 4 or 5 pm. When Navy saw the boatmen fishing they open fired on them from the back side and a fisherman was killed in the incident. Sri Lankan Navy denied any such incident and said they never fired on the Indian fishermen.
Sri Lankan government spokesperson Laxman Hullugalle officially denied any such incident as India officially registered a complain against the Lankan Navy open firing on fishermen from Tamil Nadu. External Affairs Minister of India Shri SM Krishna has written to the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry expressing grave concerns about the shooting and strongly protesting against action of Sri Lankan Navy.
DMK supremo Karunanidhi sent a telegram to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh citing the incident and stating that the atrocities of Sri Lankan Navy on the Tamil Nadu fishermen is not ending even though repeated assurances given by the Indian and Sri Lankan governments that such incidents would not never occur. DMK is an important ally in UPA government in center.
The Central government has claimed that the firing incidents are less now since the October 2008 bilateral understanding between the two countries. Government also cautioned Tamil Nadu fishermen not to cross India’s maritime border, especially in areas designated as sensitive by Sri Lankan government.
The Sri Lankan Navy on Wednesday opened fire on Indian fishermen, killing one and critically injuring another. Lankan Navy believed the Indians were trespassing but officially government of Sri Lanka denied of any such incident happening in their territorial waters. It is still unclear whether fishermen were on the Indian side or on Sri Lankan side of the waters.
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