Tamil Nadu fishermen enter Sri Lankan waters

May 10th, 2013

Jaffna forum – The claim of Tamil Nadu fishermen that they do not go beyond Kachchativu to fish and that they are attacked by the Sri Lankan Navy in Indian waters is completely fictitious, say Jaffna fishermen.

“It is a blatant lie,” said an angry K Rajachandran, president of the Ambal Fishermen’s Cooperative Society, Karainagar, Jaffna district.

“Indian fishermen come within 2 to 3 kilometres of the shore here. And they come day after day in large numbers – 50 to 150 vessels at a time,” he told Express.

Rajachandran sneered at Tamil Nadu government’s contention that the retrieval of Katchchativu island by India from Sri Lanka would put an end to the controversies over fishing in the Palk Strait. “If Kachchativu becomes the border, our problems will only increase. Kachchativu will then become the baseline for Indian fishermen and they will start coming even closer to our shores,” he said.

Source – Express News Service

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