Saturday, October 3, 2009

We were forced to use Tricolour as loin cloth


MADURAI: Fishermen attacked by the Lankan navy were forced to use the National Flag as loin cloth when they were strip ped by the navy, who were accompanied by Chinese forces at mid sea, said a fisherman here to a college student who had been involved in collecting the details of atrocities committed on fishermen by the Lankan navy.The study was aimed at facilitating the working of a people’s tribunal, scheduled to be held for December 11 at Thangatchimadam, and in this regard, a session was held by the People’s Watch in the city. The fishermen told students that they incurred the wrath of the Lankan navy when Indian cricket team beat Sri Lanka.They complained that the Lankan navy verbally abused them and added that when the fishermen abducted were found to be blood relatives (especially, fathers and sons), then the navy forced them to indulge in homosexual activities.They said that fathers were also ordered to beat their sons with rods.They also alleged that the Indian navy and the coast guard usually vacated the area on seeing the Lankan navy personnel, and thus, allowed the latter to attack the Indian fishermen. They added that the Indian navy would also beat the fishermen for trespassing into Lankan waters when they were handed over to them by the Lankan navy.They all claimed that there were Chinese personnel present on the Lankan boats. The fishermen clarified to the students that they could clearly make out the differences between the Sinhalese and non- Sinhalese as they had been encountering them for years.They added that they were offered food without salt, and that the Chinese urinated on their food.

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