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Bodies of Four Tamil Nadu Fishermen Found in Sri Lanka | India News

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TRICHY: The bodies of four Tamil Nadu fishermen reported missing since they came out to sea from the Kottaipatinam jetty in the Pudukottai district last Monday were washed ashore on a Sri Lankan beach on Thursday, the Indian high commission reported in Colombo.
Another group of fishermen who had set sail alongside the boat carrying the victims alleged that the quartet was attacked by the Sri Lankan Navy while fishing in the middle of the sea.
Navy officials contacted the Indian mission on Thursday to say the bodies had been found. There was no official confirmation on how the fishermen died.
Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami sought an investigation into the deaths and wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting that he broach the issue with Sri Lanka.

The deceased have been identified as A Mesiya, V Nagaraj, S Senthil Kumar and N Samson Darwin, all from Ramanathapuram district. They were together in one of the 214 fishing boats that had left the jetty at about the same time.
According to G Arockiaraj, one of the other fishermen, the boat was attacked by the Sri Lankan Navy near Katchatheevu. “They started crashing their ship into the ship. Some of us tried to rescue our companions, but we had to flee because we feared for our lives. We go back and inform the authorities, ”he said.
The next day, the fishermen accompanied an Indian Coast Guard team in search of their missing colleagues, but the search proved futile.
Condemning the alleged attack, CM Palaniswami said that he will approach the Center to ensure that the necessary measures are taken to prevent such incidents. He announced ex gratia of Rs 10 lakh each to the relatives of the deceased from the CM Relief Fund, a government job for an eligible member of each family and compensation for the ship owner.
DMK Chairman MK Stalin and other opposition officials criticized the Center for allegedly remaining a silent bystander and failing to condemn the Sri Lankan Navy for the killings. “The killings occurred a few weeks after Foreign Minister S Jaishankar’s visit to Sri Lanka. This shows that the ruling administration in the island nation does not take into account the Indian people and their government, ”Stalin said.

Times of India

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