NEW DELHI: The AIADMK raised the issue of the alleged killing of the Tamil fisherman by Sri Lankan navy during the Budget Session in Lok Sabha on Thursday and urged the Centre to take action with regards to the situation and make sure that such incidents don’t repeat.
“It is high time India intervene and protect its citizens, and see to it that such incidents don’t repeat,” AIADMK leader M Thambidurai said in Lok Sabha.
He also said that Indian fishermen are regularly troubled by the Sri Lankan Navy who at times also take away their fishing equipment.
Several AIADMK members wanted to raise the issue of Sri Lankan Navy firing at Tamil fishermen early on during the day. They raised slogans and trooped into the Well of the House. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said that they could raise the issue during Zero Hour.
On the other side, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said urgent action needed to be taken for the fishermen community who are losing their livelihood as the fish catch close to the shore was depleted, and the fishermen are forced to go into deep waters.
Tharoor said that Indian fishermen were also being arrested by Pakistan’s Navy and recently, Indian fishermen were taken in custody in the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) of Diego Garcia, an archipelago of 55 islands in the Indian Ocean south of India.
The death of the fisherman sparked protests from the community who demanded an assurance by the Centre on protecting their livelihood. The Sri Lankan government had on Wednesday said an initial probe report has ruled out its navy’s involvement in the killing of the fisherman.
On Thursday, the protesters demanded that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visit them and assure that they would not be attacked by Sri Lankan naval men while fishing in their traditional areas in the Palk Strait.