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Tamil Nadu fisherman killed by Lankan Navy; Gov expresses concern to Sri Lanka

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Chennai: Amid huge anger in Tamil Nadu (TN) over the killing of a 22-year old fisherman by the Sri Lankan navy on Monday. The Centre has raised the killing with Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, sources said and expressed its deep concern.

More than a thousand people gathered at the home of the fisherman, Bridgo, in Rameswaram this morning, and his family has refused to accept his body without action by the Indian and Lankan governments, as per sources.

As per sources, Bridgo was fishing close to the Katchatheevu islet when Lankan naval personnel opened fire, said Fisheries Department official Kulanchinathan.

Bridgo was shot in the neck and died instantly. Another fisherman, Sharon, was shot in his leg.

On the other hand, Rameswaram Fishermen Association President P Sesuraja alleges that the Lankan personnel did not fire a warning shot before shooting at the fishermen. Around 2,000 fishermen were taken by surprise when they were fired at, he added.

Earlier today, the Tamil Nadu government announced a solatium of Rs 5 lakh for the victim’s kin.

The opposition DMK’s MK Stalin said, “India should warn Sri Lanka diplomatically that this can’t be tolerated and there will be strong repercussions.”

Tamil Nadu says 85 fishermen and 128 fishing boats are currently in Lankan custody and has urged the centre to take action through diplomatic channels.

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