Chennai, Jan 17: Tamil Nadu CM K. Palaniswami strongly condemned the Sri Lankan Navy for chasing away two Indian fishing boats which ultimately resulted into death of one fisherman.
According to the official statement of CM, a group of fishermen in two boats fishing in their “Traditional fishing zone” or the Palk Straits, when they were ‘chased’ by the Lankan Navy.
Due to this chase, both boats tipped and fishermen fell into the sea. The eight of them were rescued but one drowned.
He said, “I have often pointed out to the center incidents of the Sri Lankan Navy chasing away Indian Fishermen, damaging their nets and confiscating their boats while they were fishing in their traditional fishing zone of Palk Straits and pressed for quick action.”
He expressed, “I strongly condemn the latest incident.”
The AIADMK government would take all steps to protect the livelihood of the Tamil Nadu fishermen, he assured. Condoling Muniasamy''s death, Palaniswami announced a compensation of Rs. five lakh to his family from the Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund.
According to local fishermen leader N. J. Bose, Fishermen from Rameshwaram, Pamban and Mandapam in Ramanathapuram district kept off the sea Wednesday to condemn the incident.