Fisherman shot dead by Sri Lankan navy, protests erupt in Tamil Nadu

The victims, along with other fishermen, were fishing between Dhanushkodi and Katchatheevu off the Tamil Nadu coast

Fisherman shot dead by Sri Lankan navy, protests erupt in Tamil Nadu

A massive protest broke out in Tamil Nadu after Sri Lankan navy allegedly fired at a group of Indian fisherman late on Monday night, killing 1 and injuring 3 others.

According to reports, the victims were fishing between Dhanushkodi and Katchatheevu off the Tamil Nadu coast.

Rameswaram Fishermen Association President S Emiret said the protesting fishermen 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.


Emiret said: "The fishermen have also demanded the arrest of the Lankan navy men involved in the incident."

According to a report in Press Trust of India, the fishermen alleged that there was no proper coordination between Lankan and Indian officials on the issue of fishermen fishing in the Palk Strait.

The protesters have also demanded the release of all Indian fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy and also the boats seized by them.

Security personnel have been deployed in the island to monitor the situation.

Bridgo, 22, from Thangachimadam in central Rameswaram of Tamil Nadu, was fishing near the islet along with others when Sri Lankan Naval personnel allegedly opened fire. Fisheries Department Assistant Director Kulanchinathan had said Bridgo was shot in the neck and died on the spot.

The Tamil Nadu government had recently protested the rise in the cases of its fishermen being arrested by Sri Lanka and said the Centre did "not seem to put adequate pressure" on Colombo regarding the matter.

Stating that there were 85 fishermen and 128 fishing boats currently in Lankan custody, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami had urged the Prime Minister to direct the External Affairs Ministry officials to take concrete action through diplomatic channels to secure their release.