New Delhi, March 7: Sri Lankan Navy shot dead a fisherman from Rameswaram Tamil Nadu when he was fishing near Kachatheevu last night. This is the first incident after a fisherman from Karaikal was shot dead by the Lankan Navy in April 2011.India has raised the killing with Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, said sources, and expressed its deep concern. According to reports, Sri Lankan Navy has fired at the fishermen in international waters near Kachatheevu. Another fisherman Ditto who was injured in the firing was admitted to Rameswaram government hospital.
22-year-old fisherman was fishing close to the Katchatheevu islet when Lankan naval personnel opened fire, said Fisheries Department official Kulanchinathan. Fishermen association has demanded immediate intervention by central government to release fishermen lodged in Lankan jail.
Chief Minister K Palaniswami has condemned the killing. The Tamil Nadu government had yesterday protested against the rise in fishermen being caught by Sri Lanka and said the centre "did not seem to put adequate pressure" on Colombo.
The Tamil Nadu government announced Rs 5 lakh compensation to the next of kin of the dead fisherman, and Rs 1 lakh for those who were injured in the alleged shooting. Earlier Tamil Nadu Chief Minister had urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and secure the release of 85 Tamil fishermen lodged in Lankan jail and their 128 fishing boats.