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Sri Lanka navy denies killing Indian fisherman

January 23, 2011 19:39 IST
Sri Lanka on Sunday rejected as "baseless" the allegation that its military had killed an Indian fisherman and wounded two others.

These allegations are baseless and without proof, Sri Lankan Navy spokesman Captain Athula Senarth said. "We have given strict instructions to our naval patrols and we ensure that these instructions are carried out," said Senarth.

Earlier, the Indian media reported that a man, who had put out to sea with two others on Saturday from Pushpavanam coastal hamlet, died after Sri Lankan Naval personnel tied a rope around his neck and pushed him into the water.

A similar allegation was levelled at the Sri Lankan navy early this month after another fisherman was killed mid sea. However, the navy denied the charges.

"We have investigated these allegations several times and proved they were baseless," Senarath was quoted as saying by the independent Daily Mirror online.

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