Protests continue in Tamil Nadu over death penalty given to Indian fishermen

Protests rocked different parts of Tamil Nadu for the second day against the capital punishment awarded by a Sri Lankan court to five Indian fishermen.

hidden October 31, 2014 18:27:18 IST
Protests continue in Tamil Nadu over death penalty given to Indian fishermen

Chennai: Protests rocked different parts of Tamil Nadu for the second day on Friday against the capital punishment awarded by a Sri Lankan court to five Indian fishermen for alleged drug trafficking.

A fishermen's association at Rameswaram announced that they would go on an 'indefinite strike' till the Indian government went for an appeal in a higher court against the death sentence awarded to the five fishermen.

Protesting fishermen lifted blockades in Rameswaram following assurances from Ramanathapuram MP Anwar Raajha, Collector Nanda Kumar and police officials who held talks with them.

Protests continue in Tamil Nadu over death penalty given to Indian fishermen

Representational image. Reuters

The officials assured leaders of the fishermen communities that appeal would be made in the case and that the Centre had also had expressed the view that the fishermen were innocent.

Meanwhile, protests were held in various areas in Chennai, Kumbakonam and Tuticorin by fringe Tamil outfits.

Pro-Tamil groups tried to lay a siege to the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission in Chennai, but police foiled their attempt. Around 200 activists were detained, police said.

The angry protestors burnt effigies of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, condemning the death penalty to the fishermen hailing from the state. Protests were also held outside the office of Sri Lankan Airways in Chennai.

Small political outfits burned effigies of Rajapaksa and Sri Lankan national flags in Kumbakonam and Tuticorin respectively, police said. Advocates boycotted court proceedings in Kumbakonam.

Meanwhile, security was stepped up for Sri Lankan assets in Chennai, including the Mahabodhi Society, Sri Lankan Airways and Bank of Ceylon, among others.

DMK president M Karunanidhi said since the fishermen had been allowed time till 14 November to appeal in the Supreme Court, the Centre should immediately contact Sri Lankan government and pave the way for their release.

MDMK founder leader Vaiko announced a protest in Chennai on 4 November condemning the Sri Lankan President for the capital punishment awarded to the five Indian fishermen.

Vaiko, who would lead the protest, in a statement alleged that Rajapakasa 'controlled' his country's judiciary and said the death sentence was an attempt to intimidate Indian fishermen.

PTI

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