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 whereas fishing mid-sea.
Navy officers on Thursday contacted the Indian mission to say that the our bodies had been discovered. There was no official affirmation about how the fishermen died.
Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi Ok Palaniswami sought an investigation into the deaths and wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to take up the difficulty with Sri Lanka.
The deceased have been recognized as A Mesiya, V Nagaraj, S Senthil Kumar and N Samson Darwin, all of them from Ramanathapuram district. They had been collectively in a single amongst 214 fishing boats that had set out from the jetty across the similar time.
According to G Arockiaraj, one of many different fishermen, the boat got here beneath assault from the Sri Lankan Navy close to 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 mentioned.
The subsequent day, the fishermen accompanied an Indian Coast Guard group in search of their lacking colleagues, however the search proved futile.
Condemning the alleged assault, CM Palaniswami mentioned he would method the Centre to make sure steps had been taken to stop such incidents. He introduced ex gratia of Rs 10 lakh every to the kin of the deceased from the CM’s Relief Fund, a authorities job for an eligible member from every household and compensation to the boat proprietor.
DMK president M Ok Stalin and different opposition functionaries slammed the Centre for allegedly remaining a mute spectator and never 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 mentioned.