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Bodies of four fishermen from Tamil Nadu found in Sri Lanka | India News

TRICHY: The bodies of four Tamil Nadu fishermen reported missing since they went out to sea from the Kottaipatinam jetty in Pudukottai district last Monday washed ashore on a Sri Lankan beach on Thursday, the Indian high commission in Colombo was informed.
Another group of fishermen who had set sail alongside the boat carrying the victims alleged that the quartet was attacked by the Sri Lankan Navy while fishing mid-sea.
Navy officials on Thursday contacted the Indian mission to say that the bodies had been found. There was no official confirmation about how the fishermen died.
Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami sought an investigation into the deaths and wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to take up the issue with Sri Lanka.

The deceased have been identified as A Mesiya, V Nagaraj, S Senthil Kumar and N Samson Darwin, all of them from Ramanathapuram district. They were together in one among 214 fishing boats that had set out from the jetty around the same time.
According to G Arockiaraj, one of the other fishermen, the boat came under attack from the Sri Lankan Navy near Katchatheevu. “They began dashing their vessel against the boat. Some of us tried to rescue our mates but had to flee as we feared for our lives. We came back and informed the authorities,” he said.
The next day, the fishermen accompanied an Indian Coast Guard team looking for their missing colleagues, but the search proved futile.
Condemning the alleged attack, CM Palaniswami said he would approach the Centre to ensure steps were taken to prevent such incidents. He announced ex gratia of Rs 10 lakh each to the kin of the deceased from the CM’s Relief Fund, a government job for an eligible member from each family and compensation to the boat owner.
DMK president M K Stalin and other opposition functionaries slammed the Centre for allegedly remaining a mute spectator and not condemning the Sri Lankan Navy for the deaths. “The killings happened just weeks after the visit of external affairs minister S Jaishankar to Sri Lanka. This shows that the ruling dispensation in the island nation has no regard for the Indian people and their government,” Stalin said.

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