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Sri Lanka denied role of its navy in fisherman killing: Sushma informs Lok Sabha

Sushma-Swaraj

New Delhi, March 16: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said in the Lok Sabha that India is taking up the issue of fishermen with the Sri Lankan government through diplomatic channels.

Making a statement in the Lok Sabha, the Minister said Sri Lanka has, however, denied the role of its navy in the killing.

She said, Sri Lankan government has assured probe into the killing of an Indian fisherman allegedly by the Lankan Navy.

“We have taken up the issue of our fishermen with Sri Lankan government to ensure that our fishermen are treated in a humane manner,” Sushma said.

“A fishing vessel from Tamil Nadu was fired upon allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy, leading to the death of an Indian fisherman. The government took up the matter… and expressed our strong concern over the incident,” she said.

Our High Commissioner personally spoke to Sri Lankan Prime Minister and Navy commander on this matter. They maintained their patrol boats are not authorised to fire at Indian fishermen,” she added.

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