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Indian fisherman shot dead by Lankan navy

Chennai: The Sri Lankan navy has opened fire on Indian fishermen in the Indian Ocean killing one and critically injuring another.

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.

The DMK has taken up the issue with the centre. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi has sent a telegram to the centre demanding strong action and urged the Central Government to stop the atrocities on the fishermen by LAnkan forces, Stalin informed the Assembly.

In his telegram to Manmohan Singh, Karunanidhi said, “The atrocities of Srilankan Navy are continuing unabated, in spite of repeated assurances given by both Government of India as well as Srilankan Government”.

He has also asked for immediate action against those responsible for the killing and demanded personal intervention of the Prime Minister for firm action to put an end to fishermen killings.

The state government has also announced Rs 5 lakh compensation for the dead fisherman’s family and a government job for one of the relatives of the victim.

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