Issue of fisherman’s killing raised in Lok Sabha

SansadTV Bureau

Lok-Sabha-speaker-Sumitra-Mahajan-400x265The issue of the alleged killing of an Indian fisherman by the Sri Lankan Navy was raised in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

AIADMK member P Venugopal raised the issue during the Zero Hour and demanded swift action by the Centre on the matter.

Another AIADMK MP, V Elumalai highlighted the same issue and called the killing “cold-blooded and barbaric”.

The MP said that over 50 Indian fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy in the last week.

A 22-year-old Indian fisherman was shot dead on March 6 allegedly by Sri Lankan navy personnel while he was fishing in a mechanised boat at a short distance off Katchatheevu islet.

The incident triggered protests by local fishermen, with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami seeking the Centre’s intervention.

The Sri Lankan government, in its initial probe report, has ruled out its navy’s involvement in the killing.

Shashi Tharoor, Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, said the fishermen from his state have also been arrested by Pakistan over the last ten 10 days. He pointed out that fishermen have also been apprehended by the foreign security forces while fishing near British Diego Garcia.

“With the amount of catch declining near the shores, the fishermen have to go further deep inside the high seas which leads to such arrests. The Centre should help in skilling these fishermen so that they can explore other opportunities, and also modernise their fishing equipment,” Tharoor added.

(With inputs from PTI)