Chennai : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today condoled the death of a fisherman from the state who was shot dead in Bahrain-Qatar border and ordered a cash relief of Rs five lakh to his family.
T Karthikeyan of Ramanathapuram district, who was working in Bahrain on contract basis for the last four months, was shot dead allegedly by Qatar naval personnel while he was fishing in that nation’s waters on Sunday.
Jayalalithaa expressed grief over his death and extended her sympathies with his family.
In a statement Jayalalithaa said she had directed that the relief amount of Rs five lakh be paid from the Chief Minister’s General Relief Fund.
Later, Jayalalithaa sought the Centre’s intervention in securing the release of three fishermen — Ayyappan, Raju and Samayamuthu, from Qatar, besides transporting the body of the deceased Karthikeyan.
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she said all the four had ‘inadvertently strayed’ into Qatar where Karthikeyan was killed when that Navy opened fire even as three of his compatriots, all hailing from Ramanathapuram in the state, had been arrested.
“These poor, innocent fishermen who strayed inadvertently into Qatari waters had gone to Bahrain to earn a meagre livelihood and support their families. The family of the deceased fisherman is shattered and seek the early return of his body,” she said in the letter.
The arrested fishermen were ‘sole breadwinners’ of their families and if their immediate release was not secured the fishermen and their families will be put to great financial and mental hardship, she told Modi.
Jayalalithaa requested Modi to direct Indian Embassies in Qatar and Bahrain to take urgent steps to arrange for the transportation of the body of Karthikeyan from Qatar and also secure the early release of the other three fishermen.
“I also request you to kindly direct the Indian Embassy at Bahrain to take up this matter with the employer company and to ensure that the terminal monetary benefits due to Karthikeyan are released to the family without any delay,” she said.