Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) president Vijayakant and his party cadres held a day-long fast here in the capital on Monday to protest against the alleged attacks on Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy and the attitude of Central and State governments on the issue.

Addressing the cadres, Mr. Vijayakant demanded the intervention of the Centre to prevent such attacks on Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy.

“Silent spectators”

He alleged that Indian fishermen were attacked, their fish nets damaged and boats destroyed.

He said the “State and Central governments remain silent spectators.”

Mr. Vijayakant said he had sought an appointment with the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the issue and submit a memorandum in this regard.