CPI(M) team meets Barnala

Special Correspondent

“The Centre should supply adequate boats to the

Coast Guard ”

CHENNAI: A delegation of Communist Party of India (Marxist) leaders led by the party’s State secretary N. Varadarajan on Monday submitted a memorandum to Governor Surjit Singh Barnala seeking the Centre’s intervention to stop the attacks on Tamil fishermen allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy.

“The Centre should supply adequate boats to the Coast Guard to provide security to the fishermen,” Mr. Varadarajan said in the memorandum.

Pointing out that restriction of fishing activities in the narrow southern region between India and Sri Lanka was difficult, the CPI(M) leader said the Centre should hold talks with the Sri Lankan government to secure unrestricted access for Tamil fishermen to these areas. He said targeting the Tamil fishermen on the ground that they were smuggling weapons and other materials to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam would no longer hold water since the Sri Lankan government itself had declared that it had completely wiped out terrorism from its soil. Mr. Varadarajan said the Governor had promised to look into the issues.

During the meeting, Mr. Barnala recalled his association with the former West Bengal Chief Minister, Jyoti Basu, who campaigned for him in the Assembly elections to Punjab, and expressed his condolences.

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