colombo [Sri Lanka], Feb 28 (ANI): The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka has strongly raised the issue of recent attacks on Indian fishermen with the Sri Lankan authorities. The Indian High Commission has called on the Sri Lankan government to look into the matter to ensure that no form of force and violence is used against the fishermen.
The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka stated that the issue of fishermen is a humanitarian issue related to their livelihood. The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka tweeted: “The High Commission is strongly concerned about the recent attack on #Indian fishermen with #SriLankan authorities. It also asks the #SriLanka government to look into the matter and ensure that under any circumstances Use of force and violence. No form will be taken against fishermen.”
In another tweet, the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka tweeted: “The problems of the fishermen are humanitarian and related to their livelihood. They must be addressed through diplomatic means and bilateral mechanisms in this spirit.” According to Six fishermen belonging to the state of Tamil Nadu were attacked by the Sri Lankan navy, it said.
On Monday, News and Broadcasting Union Minister of State L Murugan said he had traveled to Sri Lanka last week and had talks with Indian fishermen who were attacked by Sri Lankan naval personnel on February 23.
“All fishermen from India returned safely from Sri Lanka,” MoS said. “There has been a request to bring back the Indian fishing boat that we captured in Sri Lanka. Our MEA foreign minister, S Jaishankar, has raised this issue with Sri Lanka,” Murugan told reporters.
L Murugan further stated: “We are in talks with Sri Lanka on this. Soon, a joint committee will meet at ministerial level in April and will take steps to take back our Indian fishing boats from Sri Lanka.”
Last week, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin wrote to Foreign Minister S Jaishankar seeking his intervention in the matter.
In his letter to Jaishankar, Stalin wrote: “With deep pain, I write this letter to inform you that on February 23 the Sri Lankan Navy attacked six more Indian fishermen. Recently some Sri Lankan nationals Attacked Tamil Nadu fishermen on 15th.”
MK Stalin highlighted the alleged attack by the Sri Lankan Navy on six Tamil Nadu fishermen. “On February 21, 6 fishermen belonging to the Tharangambadi and Mayiladuthurai districts ventured out to sea from the Tharangambadi fishing village. But because they were engaged in fishing activities in traditional waters, they were brutally attacked by Sri Lankan navy personnel. 23 February 4 am :30 or so,” he wrote.
In the letter, Stalin further stated, “They also took away fishing gear, engines, two batteries and GPS equipment. Five fishermen injured in the attack have been sent to the government hospital Tharangambadi for treatment. The attack was a blatant violation of all international norms and conventions.” (Ani)
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