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Sri Lankan Navy attacks on TN fishermen continue, 4 attacked yesterday

Rameswaram, Nov 23 (): In yet another incident, the Sri Lankan Navy personnel have attacked four Tamil Nadu fishermen on Thursday, November 22 when they were fishing near Katchatheevu in the Palk Straits, officials said.

The Sri Lankan naval men have flung sticks, bottles and stones at the Tamil fishermen and their boats have also been damaged in the attack, officials added. Global positioning and wireless equipment of the Tamil fishermen have been seized and the fishing nets have also been snapped by the Sri Lankan navy personnel.

The injured fishermen have been hospitalized at Ramanathapuram.

Hostile and brutal attacks on Tamil fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy are reported on a regular basis as recent as in last 2 months-September and October 2012.

Katchatheevu is a controversial uninhabited 1.15 sq km island situated on the Sri Lankan side of the maritime boundary. Katchatheevu was handed over to Sri Lanka in the year 1974 based on an agreement between India and Sri Lanka. This was however ceded to Sri Lanka without the approval of two Houses of Parliament.

In June 2008, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had filed a petition in Supreme Court in which she declared ceding of Katchatheevu to Sri Lanka as unconstitutional. The apex court had ruled in Berubari case  (1960) that cession of an Indian territory to another country had to be endorsed by both Houses of Parliament through amendment of the constitution.

Jayalalithaa on September 18,2012 had again moved the Supreme Court to speed up the hearing of a writ petition filed by her in 2008 to declare the 1974 and 1976 agreements between New Delhi and Colombo on ceding of Katchatheevu as unlawful. The Tamil Nadu CM had pointed out there had been 38 incidents of harassments and 23 incidents of intimidation involving 379 fishermen from May 2011 till September 2012.

Hostile attitude and brutal attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy continue unabatedly robbing them of their lives and livelihood. Diplomatic talks assuring of preventing such attacks on Tamil fishermen have proved only futile till date.