Fishermen protest over killing of colleague, CM writes to PM

Chennai/Rameswaram, Mar 7: Hundreds of fishermen today staged a demonstration in Rameswaram island to protest the killing of an Indian fisherman allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy, as Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami dashed off a letter seeking the Centre's intervention. 

Tamil Nadu opposition parties also condemned the killing and sought action from the Centre.

The 22-year-old Indian fisherman was shot dead yesterday allegedly by Lankan Navy personnel while he was fishing in a 

mechanised boat at a short distance off Katchatheevu islet. 

The protesting fishermen at Thangachimadam in Rameswaram and the bereaved family have refused to accept the body of the fisherman unless a Central Minister visits the island and gives them an assurance that such incidents would not happen

again, Rameswaram Fishermen Association President S Emiret said.

Police said during the autopsy, an AK-47 bullet was found lodged in the neck of the deceased.

In a letter to the Centre, Palaniswami said the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India should be summoned forthwith and

"the strong feelings of the Government of India and government of Tamil Nadu about the unprovoked firing on fishermen and 

non-adherence to earlier agreements on this issue should be conveyed in no uncertain terms."