Chennai, June 28 (): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to request Colombo to discontinue its act of brutality against the Indian fishermen who are being harassed by the Sri Lankan Navy.
Jayalalithaa expressed her pain, while pointing towards the latest incident in which a total of forty–five fishing boats near Katchatheevu on Tuesday were harassed by the Sri Lankan Navy.
The Tamil Nadu chief minister said in a letter to the Prime minister that the Sri Lankan Navy allegedly gave a chase after cutting the ropes of the boats which caused a heavy loss to the Indian fishermen.
While recalling about the various incidents of harassments that took place in the past, she requested the Prime Minister to look deeply into the matter and to come out with a possible solution soon.
This is one of the most dreadful incidents by the Sri Lankan Navy which has terribly moved the people of Tamil Nadu and also would have caused mental worries to the fishermen, Jayalalithaa noted. The Fishermen of Tami Nadu have been fishing near Katchatheevu for long, least bothering about the boundaries, said the CM.
Jayalalithaa made a request to the Prime Minister to take up the issue with the Sri Lankan government and try to control the Sri Lankan Navy and avoid such harassments of the fishermen who put their lives in danger in order to sustain their lives by fishing in the water which is supposed to be their traditional waters.
The Sri Lankan government has been opposing to Tamil Nadu fishermen fishing in the waters of Katchatheevu, an island on the Palk Straits after the island was abandoned to Sri Lanka by India in the year 1974.
The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s letter comes in the wake of the June 26 incident in which the Sri Lankan Navy have behaved in a cruel manner against the Indian fishermen.