India has rejected as "blatantly false" Sri lankan media reports
about the Indian Navy's alleged assault on a group of Sri Lankan fishermen,
saying no such incident has taken place.
A group of 13 local fishermen claimed that they had ventured into the sea
on May 7 onboard trawlers 'Thushan 1' and 'Thushan II' and were physically
assaulted by the Indian Navy in the international waters around Diego Garcia on
"They demanded drugs from us even after we told them that we were only
fishermen," two fishermen told the local Hiru TV on Thursday 17 June.
Responding to their claims, the Indian High Commission here denied that the
fishermen had been assaulted by the Indian Navy.
"Media reports on June 17 stating that a group of Sri Lankan fishermen
was attacked physically by the Indian Navy are blatantly false. We deny any
such incident having taken place," the High Commission said.
The Indian Navy is a
"The Indian Navy is a highly disciplined and professional force which
discharges its responsibilities in an impeccable manner," it said in a
India is firmly committed to addressing all fishermen-related issues
between India and Sri Lanka in a humanitarian manner through established
bilateral mechanisms and understandings, it added.
After the media reports, Secretary to the Fisheries Ministry Indu
Rathnayake told the Lankan media that a
discussion will be held with India after the report is investigated.