Killing of fishermen unacceptable, matter taken up with Sri Lankan Govt.: India

New Delhi [India], Mar. 7 (ANI): Expressing concern over the killing of an Indian fisherman allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy, India on Tuesday said the matter has been raised with the Sri Lankan Government.

"Firing on five Indian fishermen is totally unacceptable. The matter has been taken up at high levels of the Sri Lankan Government through the High Commission in Colombo," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay told ANI.

Baglay further said that Sri Lanka, in response, has assured of a "thorough" investigation into the matter.

"They have assured us that they will thoroughly investigate the matter and I think they will," he added.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palanisamy wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking the Centre's intervention in connection with the incident

Palanisamy said the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India should be summoned forthwith and "the strong feelings of the Government of India and the Government of Tamil Nadu about the unprovoked firing on fishermen and non-adherence to earlier agreements on this issue should be conveyed in no uncertain terms."

A group of Indian fishermen, who were fishing between Danushkodi and Katchatheevu off the Tamil Nadu coast, were allegedly fired upon by the Sri Lankan Navy in which one fisherman was killed.

As per reports, around 500 boats went for fishing on Friday evening from Rameshwaram. The Sri Lankan navy started firing in which Pricho died of the bullet injury on his neck and another man named Saravanan got injured. (ANI)