Tamil Nadu fishermen have no rights to fishing in Katchatheevu – India’s central govt.

Tamil Nadu fishermen have no rights to fishing in Katchatheevu – India’s central govt.

Written by Bella Dalima

02 Jul, 2014 | 10:27 pm

India’s BJP led central government told a state court on Tuesday that Tamil Nadu fishermen have no rights to fishing in Sri Lanka’s Katchatheevu islet in the Palk Strait.

This was in response to public interest litigation filed before the Chennai High Court on the issue of fishing in the seas off Katchatheevu.

According to the Press Trust of India, the stance of the Indian central government had been made clear through an affidavit.

When the case was taken up on an earlier occasion, the then-government of the Congress Party had expressed a similar stance stating that the Katchatheevu sea belongs to Sri Lanka.

Under the treaty agreement of 1974, Indian fishermen have lost the rights to fishing around the island as it is within the territorial waters of Sri Lanka and the 1976 agreement had established the International Maritime Boundary Line, which the fishermen in the two countries are not allowed to cross into each others territory.

It said the fishermen could rest, dry their nets and attend the annual St Antony’s festival in Katchatheevu.

The affidavit by the Central Indian Government was in response to a PIL filed by an Indian fishing association seeking to retake the islet of Katchatheevu.

The case will be taken up once again in two weeks time.

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