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Jaya condemns Lankan decision to declare Katchatheevu sacred place
Chennai | Sunday, Mar 22 2009 IST
 
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Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK General Secretary J Jayalalithaa today strongly condemned the Sri Lankan government's decision to declare Katchatheevu, which was ceded to Lanka by India in 1974, as a sacred place.

In a statement here, she strongly condemned the statement made to this effect by Sri Lankan Minister Dinesh Gunawardane in their Parliament.

She also condemned the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre and the ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu for maintaining a stoic silence to the unilateral announcement made by the Sri Lankan government.

Stating that doubts had arisen in the minds of the people as to whether the Centre and the State government were party to this decision, Ms Jayalalithaa said both the Centre and the State should take steps to nip such activities in the bud in the interests of Indian fishermen, besides ensuring retrieval of Katchatheevu from Sri Lanka.

Ms Jayalalithaa said as per the 1895 and 1930 maps, Katchatheevu belonged to India. But through an agreement in 1974, the Indian government ceded it to Sri Lanka affecting the livelihood of fishermen.

''Following ceding of the Katchatheevu, killing of innocent Tamil fishermen has become the order of the day and there was no security for fishermen'', she charged.

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