Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Slams Sri Lankan Navy Over 4 Indian Fishermen's Death
Citing information from fishermen that four of their community "died due to an attack" by the Sri Lankan Navy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Thursday condemned the island nation maritime force for such acts shattering their livelihood.
To put an end to such mid-sea incidents, appropriate action was being taken and his government was in touch with the union government, he said.
He has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to initiate an appropriate inquiry through the Indian High Commission in Colombo into the incident, Mr Palaniswami said, three days after Sri Lanka said an Indian fishing boat sank in its waters following a ''collision'' with its Navy vessel.
Condoling the deaths, the Chief Minister, in an official release, said he has ordered a solatium of Rs 10 lakh each to the families of the four fishermen.
He said when four fishermen who had set out for fishing from Pudukottai district on January 18 did not return, a search operation was undertaken by Indian Coast Guard, a naval ship and helicopter on his direction.