Sri Lanka denies role in death of fisherman as row escalates

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"It should take up this issue with the Indian ambassador in Sri Lanka or the high commission of Sri Lanka in India", he said in a statement.

This shootout has initiated several protests in Tamil Nadu while the chief minister of the state, E Palaniswami has condemned this incident and have announced a compensation of Rs 5 Lakh to the departed fisherman's family.

March 8 (ANI): The Indian Coast Guard has confirmed taking custody of 10 Sri Lankan fishermen and their two boats, on charges of violating India's territorial waters.

Sri Lanka, which had so far arrested and seized boats of fishermen, now had done the "extreme and illegal act of killing our fisherman and grievously injuring others", which was "unprovoked and unjustifiable firing", he said. "It is the duty of the Government of India and the government of Tamil Nadu to protect the interests and above all the life and liberty of our citizens", Palaniswami said.

According to a statement, vice-president Hamid Ansari had taken up the matter with the President of Sri Lanka when he met him on the side-lines of the First Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Leaders' Summit. Another Indian fisherman was injured.

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Meanwhile, members of the Thamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi climbed onto an electrical tower in Rameswaram with flags of the political party in protest against the incident.

Bridgo was shot in the neck and died instantly. "Even their boats are taken away", said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy. It is not clear if these fishermen had entered Lankan territory. The fishermen are from Trincomalee in Sri Lanka.

Issuing a press release, the Navy said that no naval personnel has the authority to open fire at another vessel or personnel while aboard a Navy vessel, without a clearance from the Navy Commander. "Once arrested they are handed over to the Fisheries department or the police", he said.

The new regime in Colombo under Sirisena had declared loudly that it would go for reconciliation but now it has presided over the murder of a Tamil fisherman in Tamil Nadu, breaking all provisions of intentional law.

"There were five fishermen on the boat". In this regard the action of Russian Federation in annexing Crimea from Ukraine would serve as model action.

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