TN fisherman’s killing: Sri Lanka Navy denies allegations

Sri Lanka Navy yesterday (March 7) denied allegations of shooting dead a 22 year old fisherman and injuring another from Tamil Nadu while they were fishing near the Katchatheevu islet.

Sri Lanka Navy Spokesperson Lieutenant Commander Chaminda Walakuluge vehemently denied such allegations and stated the Navy had never been ordered to fire at Indian fishermen nor had they done so.

Navy sources also said smugglers most often used the sea route and there were incidents reported quite often. “The fishermen may have been caught in the cross fire or they could have been part of the smuggling operations. When something like this happens they point the finger at the Sri Lankan Navy,” the sources said.