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Indian fishermen engage in hunger strike, demand action against SL Navy

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Fishermen and women of Kottaipattinam have entered the second day of a hunger strike, following the incident where Indian fisherman Rajkiran drowned in the sea after the trawler he was travelling in collided with a Sri Lankan vessel on Monday evening (18), The New Indian Express reports. The group of Indian fishermen have also requested for a re-postmortem done once the body of Rajkiran is brought back to India. Fishermen did venture into the sea for two days in protest. “We have lost so many lives in the conflict with Sri Lanka. In January, four fishermen died. We want the governments to draw up an agreement with the SL government so that no more lives are lost. “We want the two youths who are detained to be sent back,” said a fisherman.  They also demanded INR 20 lakh compensation to the family of the deceased. Officials confirmed that Rajkiran’s body would be brought to Kottaipattinam on Friday. Source: The New Indian Express

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