By Ananth Palakidnar
Famed Tamil film maker and politician Seemaan and 300 others have been arrested for demonstrating against the Sri Lanka Navy outside the Lankan Deputy High Commission in Chennai yesterday. They were demonstrating over last Monday’s shooting of Rameshwaram fisherman Britjo near Kachchatheevu.
Seemaan, who heads a political party named ‘We Tamils’, led hundreds of people in the demonstration outside the Lankan Deputy High Commission, located in Nungamparkkam, Chennai last morning.
Seemaan and his followers shouted slogans alleging that the Sri Lankan Navy was involved in the shooting.
Following the aggressive protest by Seemaan and his followers, the Chennai Police had strengthened the security outside the Lankan Mission.
However, when Seamaan and his followers attempted to force their way into the Lankan Consulate, Police intervened by arresting Seemaan and several others.
Later, Seemaan and those who were arrested with him were taken in a prison bus to the Chennai Police where they were all detained.
Meanwhile following the meeting the Central Government Minister Pon Rathakrishnan and some senior politicians of the ruling BJP party had with the family members of the dead fisherman, Britjo, at his home in Thankachchimadam, Rameswaram on Sunday (12), the family had agreed to accept his body from the Rameswaram hospital morgue.
Soon after the shooting, which occurred on Monday (6), the family refused to accept the body of 22-year-old Britjo demanding an extensive investigation into the incident.
Following Central Government Minister Pon Rathakrishnan giving the family an assurance, that the Indian Government would stand by an impartial investigation into the incident, the family members of the deceased decided to accept the body which had been kept in Rameswaram hospital morgue for the past six days.
The funeral of Britjo is expected to take place on Thursday (15) at the burial ground of his parish church.
While demanding an impartial inquiry into the incident, the family announced that the weeklong protest in Thankachchi madam in Rameswaram would come to an end.
As a mark of respect to Britjo, the pilgrims from Rameswaram and other parts of Southern coastal areas of Tamil Nadu were prevented from attending the annual two-day Kachchatheevu feast on Saturday (11) and Sunday (12).
According to SL Navy nearly 6,500 pilgrims were expected to attend the Kachchatheevu feast at the newly built St. Anthony’s Church.