Jun 18, 2021

India deny attacking Sri Lankan fishermen

The Indian High Commision has denied the media reports that stated that the Indian navy has physically attacked Sri Lankan fishermen.
A statement issued by the spokesperson of High Commission of India has referred to media reports on 17 June stating that a group of Sri Lankan fishermen were attacked physically by  the Indian Navy are blatantly false. 
"We deny any such incident having taken place. The Indian Navy is a highly disciplined and professional force which discharges its responsibilities in an impeccable manner," the spokesperson said in the statement.
The statement also said "India is firmly committed to addressing all fishermen related issues between India and Sri Lanka  in a humanitarian manner through established bilateral mechanisms and understandings."  
Sri Lanka media has reported that a group of Sri Lankan fishermen who were in the high seas has allegedly been  attacked by the Indian Navy.
According to the group of 13 fishermen who had set out to sea in two large multi-day fishing vessels, the Indian Navy had stopped them at the international maritime boundary and attacked them with steel poles.
Fishermen had complained that the Indian navy had also destroyed their catch and as well CCTV cameras and other electronic devices.