India asserts no evidence Lankan Navy attacked Indians

fishermen_generic_650_1The Indian Government says there is no evidence to prove the Sri Lankan Navy attacked Indian fishermen.

Two Indian fishermen claimed they were injured when Sri Lankan Navy personnel allegedly opened fire on their boat off Kodiakarai coast on Wednesday.

However the Indian External Affairs Ministry said there is “no evidence” to suggest the Sri Lankan Navy ‘s involvement, the Press Trust of India reported.

The injured fishermen were among nine fishermen from Karaikal in the Union territory of Puducherry and Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu who ventured into the sea last Sunday.

The injured were identified as Balamurugan, 21, from Karaikal of the Union territory of Puducherry and Aravind, 22, from Nambiar Nagar in Nagapattinam district in Tamil Nadu. Balamurugan sustained injuries on his shoulder while Aravind sustained injuries on the hip.

Both of them are said to be out of danger, doctors treating them said. The boat belonged to Sellamuthu of Kilinjalmedu in Karaikal.”We were fishing off Kodiakarai coast when they (Sri Lankan navy) reached the spot, ripped our fishing nets, and asked us why we came to the region. They pelted stones at us and opened fire.


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