Shyam Ranganathan

NAGAPATTINAM: Following the alleged firing by Sri Lankan Navy boats, fishermen of Akkaraipettai have decided to avoid fishing in the area south of Kodiakkarai.

They have also decided to send a letter of protest to the Collector, the MP and MLAs.

Manoharan, owner of the boat that was allegedly the target of the attack a few days ago, said fear among the fishermen had forced them to more or less halt fishing in the past few days. A village panchayat meeting convened to discuss the problem on Tuesday decided that fishing activities in certain areas be restricted to avoid further problems.

The meeting criticised what it called the Centre’s inaction.

R. Thillai Govindan, Joint Director, Fisheries, who inspected the boat on Monday, talked to the fishermen and promised immediate action. He said he would submit a report to the government in 15 days.

Manoharan said the Collector had promised immediate disbursal of aid, if recommended by Mr. Govindan.