Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Pattali Makkal Katchi founder leader S. Ramadoss on Thursday urged the Central government to take urgent steps to retrieve Katchatheevu from Sri Lanka to “save the fishermen of Tamil Nadu” from alleged atrocities of the island Navy.

In a statement issued here, Dr. Ramadoss said Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi should immediately take up the issue with the Centre. There was no point in Chief Minister writing letters to the Central government as the alleged attack on the fishermen was continuing. He should immediately rush to New Delhi and meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Foreign Affairs Minister. The Chief Minister should apprise them of the sufferings of the fishermen at the hands of the Sri Lankan Navy and urge them to find a permanent solution to the issue. The Centre should be urged to annul the Indo-Sri Lanka agreement on Katchatheevu and retrieve it to safeguard the interest of fishermen in the State. The Chief Minister should get a firm assurance from the Centre.