Fishermen abandon protest as police intervenes | Daily News


Fishermen abandon protest as police intervenes

A police officer explaining the situation to protestors

A demonstration organised by a group of fishermen and their family members in Galle on Monday evening was abandoned following police intervention.

The protestors alleged that the Navy failed to take appropriate action to dispatch the saved fisherman on board the ill-fated multi-day fishing trawler which crashed against a commercial ship while heading into deep sea fishing last Sunday.

A multi-day fishing trawler while heading into deep sea for fishing collided against a moving commercial vessel about 40 nautical miles south east to Kuda Ravana Kotuwa off Hambantota coast last Sunday. The accident resulted in five fishermen missing while one was rescued by another fishing trawler crew.

The group who gathered in front of Galle Fishery Harbour was about to stage a protest campaign blocking the Galle-Matara Highway creating a tense situation and obstructing the vehicular traffic when Police intervened and settled the matter.

Galle Harbour Police officers led by OIC Meshan de Silva intervened and explained to them about the real situation and progress of the Navy rescue operation in respect of the trawler accident at deep sea. Following police clarification the protestors gave up the protest and dispersed peacefully.

Galle Headquarters Inspector IP K. A. Udayakumara also arrived at the scene together with another group of police officer to assist the Habour police officers. 

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