Tamil Nadu CM urges Centre to ensure safety of fishermen attacked by foreign assailants

Writing to S Jaishankar, MK Stalin said fishermen from Nagappattinam in Tamil Nadu were attacked by Sri Lankan nationals.


Published Feb 21, 2023 | 4:16 PMUpdatedFeb 21, 2023 | 4:16 PM

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Sri Lankans assaulted Indian fishermen and took away their catch and equipment, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin apprised the Centre on Monday, 20 February, and urged that the matter be taken up with Sri Lanka to ensure action against assailants and prevent the recurrence of such attacks.

Writing to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Stalin said while fishermen from Nagappattinam in Tamil Nadu were fishing east of the Thopputhurai area on 15 February, about “10 Sri Lankan nationals in three fishing boats surrounded the Indian fishing boat and beaten our innocent fishermen with iron rod, sticks and knives.”

The Nagappatinam-based country craft sailed with a crew of six.

In this attack, one fisherman sustained injuries in the head and left hand and the other five fishermen sustained internal injuries.

The injured were admitted to Nagapattinam government hospital for treatment.

The Sri Lankan nationals took away materials worth about ₹2 lakh, including a walkie-talkie, GPS equipment, battery, and about 200 kg of fish.

“I am pained to point out that these incidents of attacks by Sri Lankan nationals are getting frequent. Hence, I request that the government of India may take this up with the Sri Lankan government urgently to restrain and to take stringent action against such elements among the Sri Lankan nationals so that similar acts of violence are not repeated in future,” wrote Stalin.

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