30 Sep '12, 8am

Back to the stone age? "Sri Lankan Navy pelts stones at Tamil fishermen near Katchatheevu"

In September 19th, Tamil Nadu chief Minister J Jayalalithaa asked the Supreme Court to expedite the hearing over the island and declare the agreements unconstitutional. In her petition, Jayalalithaa cited the hostile attitude of the Sri Lankan Navy towards Indian fishermen, who fear to go fishing as they were either killed or taken into custody if they enter Katchatheevu. Pointing out to the history , she said that Katchatheevu was historically part of the Ramnad Raja’s zamindari, which later became part of the Madras Presidency. The island had always been of strategic importance and special significance for fishing operations in the area. In or around 1921, Sri Lanka began claiming territorial rights over the island without any justification and notwithstanding such claims it continued to be part of

Full article: http://frontierindia.net/sri-lankan-navy-pelts-stones-at-...

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