Mar 07, Chennai: Sri Lanka Navy's alleged firing at the Indian fishermen is an indirect attempt to intimidate India government and browbeat it into not act against Sri Lanka's human right violations, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalalithaa said today.
Writing to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh again, the Chief Minister said the latest incident of firing clearly indicates that the Sri Lankan Navy wants to create an atmosphere of panic, fear and tension among Tamil Nadu fishermen.
She urged the Prime Minister to take urgent and stern action regarding the incident.
The Tamil Nadu fishery officials accused Sri Lankan Navy of firing at the Indian fishermen while they were fishing in the sea South East of the Kodiakkarai area of Tamil Nadu and injuring one of them. The injured fisherman from Puducherry has been admitted to hospital, the officials said.
The Chief Minister accused the Sri Lankan Navy personnel committing atrocities once again against the Tamil Nadu fishermen.
She reminded the Prime Minister that another 16 fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy last week.
"This latest incident of firing by the Sri Lankan Navy clearly indicates that the Sri Lankan Navy wants to create an atmosphere of panic, fear and tension amidst the fishermen of Tamil Nadu who seek to eke out their livelihood peacefully," Jayalalithaa said.
She said the latest firing should also be viewed against the background of the massive protests by the Tamil Nadu Members of Parliament in the Indian Parliament demanding stern action in International Fora against the Sri Lankan Government for its human rights violations and atrocities against the Tamils in Sri Lanka.
"The incidents of arrests of fishermen and the recent firing should be viewed as an indirect attempt to intimidate the Government of India and browbeat it into not raising its voice against Sri Lankan atrocities on innocent Sri Lankan Tamilians in the International fora, which is highly unacceptable," the Chief Minister said in her letter to PM.
She said the Government of India should not be a silent spectator and called on the Indian government to advise the Sri Lankan Government to desist from using force against Indian fishermen who have been fishing in their traditional fishing areas for centuries.
Sri Lanka navy denies attacks on Indian fishermen and says that they are safeguarding the Sri Lankan waters form poaching by the Indian fishermen.
Sri Lankan fisherman in North complain that Indian fishermen are robbing their livelihood by poaching near the Sri Lankan islet of Katchatheevu which the Tamil Nadu still considers as traditional fishing area that belonged to India despite India handing over the island to Sri Lanka in 1974.