Arrest of Indian fishermen to continue despite alleged shooting

The Government says Indian fishermen will continue to be arrested if they poach in Sri Lankan waters despite the recent shooting incident.

Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said today that while Indian fishermen have been released their boats have not.

He said the Government is also looking at resolving the Indo-Lanka fishing dispute in a diplomatic manner and talks will be held as scheduled next month.

The Minister also said that while investigations are ongoing, there is no proof the Navy was involved in the killing of an Indian fisherman at sea recently.

Tamil Nadu Fishermen had recently issued an ultimatum to Sri Lanka and India, demanding that concrete steps be taken to address the Indo-Lanka fishing dispute, failing which the situation may spiral out of control.

The warning was issued after a Tamil Nadu fisherman was killed and fingers were pointed at the Sri Lanka Navy.

Tamil Nadu Fishermen’s Association President S Emiret had told the Colombo Gazette that the incident must be fully investigated.

He claimed that some 500 Indian fishermen have been killed over the years at sea yet no one has been held accountable.

“There is no point denying the latest incident. There is proof that the Tamil Nadu fishermen was shot dead by the Sri Lanka Navy,” he said.

Emiret said that a demand has been made for those involved in the shooting to be brought to India and tried before an Indian court.

Tamil Nadu fishermen have also demanded that the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India be expelled over the incident. (Colombo Gazette)


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