A bunch of Indian fishermen had been attacked allegedly by Sri Lankan Navy personnel final night time for allegedly trespassing into the island nation’s territorial waters. One of many fishermen has been injured.
The fishermen have denied that they trespassed into Lankan waters. Stones had been allegedly thrown and their nets had been torn.
Authorities stated there isn’t any formal criticism but and that they’re investigating the incident. “All of the fishermen have returned to the shore. None has given a criticism,” a senior officer instructed NDTV.
The injured fisherman is from Tamil Nadu’s Rameswaram.
Traditionally, Indian and Lankan fishermen have been fishing crossing boundaries. Nevertheless, for the reason that worldwide boundary line was mounted, Sri Lanka started stopping the entry of Indian fishermen, notably after the defeat of the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam). Earlier, India’s gifting of the Katchatheevu island to Sri Lanka too decreased the fishing house for Indian fishermen. With round 600 Indian fishermen killed by Lankan navy for trespass, former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had proposed a lease settlement with Sri Lanka in order that fishermen from Tamil Nadu may legally fish in Lankan waters as there’s too little catch in Indian waters. Successive governments within the state and the centre too haven’t advanced a sustainable different livelihood alternative for the 2 lakh folks depending on fishing.
Through the years, Sri Lanka has additionally been leaning extra in direction of China which has made huge investments within the nation, making it all of the extra a diplomatic problem for the Indian authorities, pushing the livelihood issues and conventional rights of the Indian fishermen to the back-burner.