Nochikuppam fishermen rally for  better rescue ops

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.

Published: 09th December 2017 02:46 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th December 2017 07:14 AM   |  A+A-

Fisherfolk during a protest in the city on Friday | Express

By Express News Service

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.

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