Indian fisherman's killing: Sri Lanka Navy has promised full probe, say sources

The Indian fishermen were caught in two separate instances. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons) Photograph:( Others )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 07, 2017, 06.46 AM (IST)

The killing of an Indian fisherman from Tamil Nadu was taken up with the Sri Lankan prime minister by the Indian high commissioner on Monday. 

And news organisations here reported sources as saying the Sri Lankan Navy has promised a full probe into the killing. But they added that the Sri Lankan Navy has not yet admitted to the killing. 

22-year-old Brigdo, from the island of Rameswaram, which lies in the Palk Strait between India and Sri Lank, was was shot dead on Monday, allegedly by Lankan Navy personnel.

A protest broke out in Rameshwaram on Tuesday, with thousands of people amassing at Brigdo's home.   

News organisations said Brigdo's family was refusing to take back his body, without the government assuring them that it would take action.


The protesting fishermen also demanded the arrest of the Lankan navy personnel involved in the shooting.

The fishermen alleged there was no proper coordination between Lankan and Indian officials over the issue of fishermen fishing in the Palk Strait.

They demanded the release of all Indian fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy as also the boats seized by them.

Policemen have been deployed on the island to monitor the situation.

Bridgo, from Thangachimadam in central Rameswaram, was fishing near the islet when Sri Lankan naval personnel allegedly opened fire.

Fisheries Department Assistant Director Kulanchinathan said Bridgo was shot in the neck and died on the spot.

Another fisherman, Saravanan (22), was injured in the firing. The other fisheremen there escaped unhurt and returned to shore, he had said yesterday.

The Tamil Nadu government had recently protested the rise in the cases of its fishermen being arrested by Sri Lanka, saying the Indian government did "not seem to put adequate pressure" on Colombo in the matter.

Noting that there were currently 85 fishermen and 128 fishing boats in Lankan custody, chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami had urged the Prime Minister to direct foreign ministry officials to take concrete action through diplomatic channels to secure their release.

(WION with inputs from PTI)