CHENNAI: Hundreds of fishermen gathered at Nochikuppam here on Friday, urging the State to rescue fishermen who went missing when cyclone Ockhi hit the Kanniyakumari coast. They marched from the fishing hamlet to Greenways Road, urging the Chief Minister to take immediate action.
“It’s been eight days since the fishermen went missing. It’s time that the State considered the rescue operation as an emergency and take necessary action,” Bharathi, president, Tamil Nadu Fishermen Association, said.
The fishermen raised slogans demanding that the CM and other ministers visit the families of the missing fishermen and provide compensation. They also urged the government to assess the number of missing fishermen first and then release a list to get accurate data.
“If the search operations are not successful, the State should consider the testimonies of the survivors as final and eventually declare the missing fishermen as dead,” said R Ramalingam, head of the Nochikuppam Meenava Grama Sabha, adding that this would make families eligible for seeking relief.
The fishermen wanted the government to get help from the Middle East countries in tracing the missing fishermen.