“We are shocked at the unfortunate loss of lives of three Indian fishermen and one Sri Lankan national following a collision between their vessel and a Sri Lankan naval craft,” India’s External Affairs Ministry said in a statement released on Thursday.
“Our strong protest in regard to this incident was conveyed by our High Commissioner to the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister today,” it said adding that a strong demarche was also made to the Sri Lankan Acting High Commissioner in New Delhi.
Expressing “deep anguish at the loss of lives”, India emphasized the need to deal with issues pertaining to fishermen in a humanitarian manner.
“Existing understandings between the two Governments in that regard must be strictly observed. Utmost efforts should be made to ensure that there is no recurrence,” the External Affairs Ministry said.