Rameswaram, Dec 01: The Mechanised boat fishermen of Rameswaram were observing a day's strike on Saturday in protest against the sinking of a fishing trawler by the Sri Lankan Navy.
The busy Rameswaram fishing jetty wore a deserted look, as 4,000-odd fishermen stayed away from fishing activities. More than 800 mechanised trawlers were anchored at the jetty in view of the one day token strike.
Talking to newsmen, NJ Bose, President of Rameswaram Port Mechanised Boat Fishermen Association said the decision to observe a day's strike was taken at the meeting of leaders of various fishermen associations.
He said the Sri Lankan Navy deliberately rammed its Fast Attack Craft on one of the fishing trawler, owned by one Velayutham of Rameswaram on Thursday. The trawler suffered extensive damage and sank in sea off Katchatheevu Island. They also attacked a number of Indian fishing trawlers and destroyed fishing nets valued lakhs of rupees.
The four crew of sunken trawler were arrested by the Lankan Navy and remanded to judicial custody.
The Indian government should strongly condemn the Sri Lankan Navy's vicious attacks on innocent Indian fishermen and take steps to prevent recurrence of such incidents in the future. The Centre should also compensate for the loss of fishing trawler and ensure immediate release of all the incarcerated fishermen from Sri Lanka custody, he added. (UNI)