Our correspondent reports quoting the Navy that no Indian participant had arrived by boat so far for the event presently underway.
In previous years, around 5,000 fishermen from Tamil Nadu, Kanyakumari and Rameswaran attended the feast, being held with the Navy’s support by way of food, drinking water and other infrastructure provision.
Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, northern province chief minister C.V. Vigneswaran and governor Reginald Cooray, are among the participants, while Jaffna bishop Justin Gnanapragasam and Navy commander Ravindra Wijegunatilake too, are due to take part.
Indian journalists too, are notably absent from this year’s feast at St. Anthony’s Church at Kachchativu, located 20 km off Delft Islet.
Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Navy has denied having shot at Indian fishermen.
It says the bullet retrieved from the body of the fisherman in question was not fired by them, and adds that the GPS records of the boat used by him have been requested from the Indian Navy.