Foreign ministry takes up attack on Indian fishermen at high levels with Sri Lanka

A fisherman was killed in alleged firing by Sri Lankan Navy. Sri Lanka has denied the incident took place but has promised a thorough probe.

New Delhi has taken up the issue of an Indian fisherman being in killed in alleged firing by Sri Lankan Navy with the Colombo, Minister of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.

He added that any firing on Indian fishermen is totally unacceptable as per the existing understanding between Sri Lanka and India. He went on to say that Sri Lanka has assured India of a thorough probe into the incident.

Sri lanka, however, has categorically denied that any such incident took place, "Initial investigations indicate that the Sri Lankan Navy is not involved in this alleged incident," a statement from the country's foreign ministry said.

The statement added that the shooting, if it did take place, is a matter of grave concern and that Colombo will take all possible action to investigate the incident.

WHAT HAPPENED?

The fisherman was killed Monday after the Sri Lankan Navy allegedly opened fire at a group of Indian fishermen near the Palk Strait.

The deceased has been identified as Britso, a 22-year-old fisherman from Thangachimadam in central Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. According to officials, his body had a bullet injury mark on the neck.

His family, meanwhile, has refused to collect his body from the Tamil Nadu hospital where it is currently kept. They have demanded strong action against those involved in the incident.

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