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Cyclone Ockhi: MK Stalin to lead protest against Tamil Nadu govt's 'inaction' in rescuing fishermen

Chennai: DMK leader MK Stalin on Monday said that he would lead a protest demonstration outside the collectorate in Chennai against the AIADMK state government's "inaction" in rescuing fishermen from Kanyakumari caught on the sea due to Cyclone Ockhi.

In a statement issued in Chennai, Stalin, seeking the rescue of fishermen caught on the sea due to Ockhi, carrying out restoration work in Kanyakumari district and providing compensation to those affected by the cyclone, said a demonstration would be held on Tuesday by the party's fishermen wing to press for the demands.

 Cyclone Ockhi: MK Stalin to lead protest against Tamil Nadu govts inaction in rescuing fishermen

File image of DMK's working president MK Stalin. PTI

The demonstration would be held outside the collectorate in Chennai. Stalin also complained that different authorities are giving different statistics as to the number of missing fishermen.

He said Kanyakumari district collector Sajjansingh R Chavan has said 623 fishermen from the district are missing whereas Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan has put their number at 197, while Chief Minister K Palaniswami is saying 260 fishermen are missing.

Stalin termed it as a shame on the part of the state government not having a correct number of the missing fishermen even nearly two weeks after Ockhi hit Kanyakumari.

The DMK leader also said the government does not have any count of the number of fishermen who were pushed to the shores in other states by the strong winds when the cyclone hit.

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Updated Date: Dec 11, 2017 16:20:29 IST