India takes up shooting incident with SL govt
January 13, 2011 04:23 pm
India emphasised that firing in such situations has no justification and has called on the Sri Lankan authorities to desist from use of force.
India has asked Sri Lanka to adhere to the October 2008 understanding reached between the two governments and called on the Sri Lankan Navy to exercise maximum restraint and avoid use of force in such situations.
DMK took up the matter with the Centre and demanded strong action.
However, Sri Lankan navy has denied that they had fired and said they were assisting the fishermen to return into Indian waters.
AIADMK has slammed the Tamil Nadu government for not taking enough steps to stop the atrocities against fishermen and said the matter should have been taken up at the highest level when Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse visited India.
“We should take strong action. Rajapakse came here and there was an absolute silence. What are we doing?” asks AIADMK MLA Badar Saeed.
The firing reportedly occurred as the Lankans believed the Indians were trespassing. But it is not clear whether the fisherman were in Indian territorial waters or in Lanka’s, CNN IBN reports.
Here’s India’s official response on the issue:
“We have received reports of the death of an Indian fisherman due to firing by Sri Lankan Navy personnel. Our High Commissioner in Colombo has immediately taken up this matter with the Sri Lankan Government and expressed our deep concern and regret at this incident. We have emphasized that resort to firing in these situations has no justification and called on the Sri Lankan authorities to desist from use of force. The welfare and the safety of our fishermen in the waters between India and Sri Lanka have received very high priority by Government. We have consistently emphasized to the Sri Lankan Government to refrain from firing on our fishermen and scrupulously adhere to the October 2008 Understanding reached between the two governments. We call on the Sri Lankan Navy to exercise maximum restraint and avoid use of force in such situations.