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Eight TN fishermen attacked by Lankan Navy,issue likely to be taken up with PM

Kumbakonam, Aug 21 (): Following the attack of the eight fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy, Union minister for shipping G K Vasan has promised that representatives of the Tamil fishermen would likely be meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh next week to stop the ceaseless attacks.

While talking to reporters at the birthday celebration of the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in Kumbakonam on Monday, the Union minister said that he had interacted with external affairs minister S M Krishna regarding the numerous attacks. The minister also said that a meeting is likely to be arranged with the Prime Minister to clarify the difficulties faced by the Tamil fishermen.

Vasan said that a meeting with the external affairs minister regarding the matter has been fixed. The minister believed the meeting would definitely put an end to the problems of the Tamil fishermen.

The decision to arrange a meeting came after eight fishermen were attacked on Saturday night for fishing in disputable waters. The injured fishermen are presently admitted in the hospital and are under treatment at the Nagapattinam government hospital.

Some relief was shown by the completely disturbed fishermen when the announcement of the meeting was revealed to them. While welcoming the decision, G Manoharan president of Akkaraipettai coastal village admitted, “If we are given an opportunity to meet the Prime Minister, then we would explain our countless sufferings to him, above all we would make a demand to the Prime Minister to order to change the method of fishing in Tamil Nadu. Till now fishermen from Nagapattinam, part of Chennai, Pudukkottai, Ramanathapuram, Kanyakumari and Tuticorin are all using trawling system which is considered to be dangerous for fish breeding. As a result the fishermen have to fish in Sri Lankan waters for their livelihood. If the government provides to adapt gill-net method, which is safe for six months as well as trawling method for another six months, then there is no need to fish in their waters.”