Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president K.V. Thangkabalu has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to intervene directly and ensure the safety of fishermen operating near Sri Lankan waters. In a telegram on Friday, he deplored the indiscriminate firing on Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy a couple of days ago in which a fisherman from Nagapattinam was killed.
Mr. Thangkabalu pointed out that the attack had taken place despite several leaders,getting an assurance from Sri Lankan President M. Rajapaksa in this regard. Welcoming the Centre's gesture summoning the Sri Lankan envoy, he pleaded that the Prime Minister and the External Affairs Minister hold talks with the Sri Lankan government to ensure the safety of Indian fishermen in international waters.