Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) president K.V. Thangkabalu and about 200 party workers were taken into custody on Monday after they tried to march towards the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission at Alwarpet here to protest the alleged killing of fishermen.
They gathered near Nageswara Rao Park and tried to proceed towards the Deputy High Commission. They were stopped by the police.
Mr. Thangkabalu said that the bodies of fishermen, who went missing some days ago, were found with serious injuries. Such attacks and killings by the Sri Lankan Navy should be condemned.
Despite repeated assurances from President Mahinda Rajapaksa, such incidents continued unabated and the latest incident, in which bodies of four fishermen were found, had plunged people into grave sorrow.
In a statement, the CPI (M) demanded an investigation into the death of the fishermen and condemned the latest round of killings. The Centre had a duty to conduct a proper enquiry and bring out the truth.
Whenever such incidents took place, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi merely wrote to the Union government demanding protection for fishermen, but there was no let-up in such acts by the Sri Lankan Navy, CPI (M) State Secretary G. Ramakrishnan said.