India lodged strong opposition to the death of three fishermen in a collision between Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka) with its vessel and a naval craft in Lanka. India said that Colombo should take steps to prevent such incidents from happening again. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement, “We are saddened by the deaths of three Indian fishermen and one Sri Lankan man.” Matters related to fishermen should be dealt with on humanitarian grounds. The current mutual understanding between the governments of the two countries should be seen. It should be ensured that such incidents do not happen in future. ”
On this issue, fishermen started protesting in Tamil Nadu on Thursday. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister EK Palaniswami announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for the families of the slain fishermen. Also accused the Sri Lankan Navy of destroying the livelihoods of fishermen from the state.
Foreign Minister had raised the issue related to fishermen
Foreign Minister S Jaishankar raised the issues of Indian fishermen during his visit to Sri Lanka this month. These issues were recently discussed by the Bilateral Joint Working Group on Fisheries. Jaishankar had said that the Indian side was waiting for the “early withdrawal” of the fishermen detained in Sri Lanka.
Navy vessel hit
Kumaresan, assistant director of the fisheries department at Pudukottai, said that the Sri Lankan Navy officials informed their Indian counterparts about the recovery of the bodies. Also, to confirm the identity of the dead bodies, they have been asked to send pictures of fishermen. On Monday, four fishermen from Pudukottai went to sea and were fishing near Nedunthivu in Sri Lanka when their boat collided with a naval vessel, according to officials. After this, various agencies including the Indian Coast Guard started a search operation.