Sources from Rameswaram have stated that the body of K. Britjo, the 21 year old fisherman who was shot dead allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy on the high seas a week ago, was finally buried here on Monday evening after the fishermen “suspended” their seven day old agitation.
It was stated that a day after Union Ministers Pon Radhakrishnan and Nirmala Sitharaman have addressed the Fisher folk and had assured that their grievances would be looked into, fishermen leaders accepted Britjo’s body, kept at the government hospital mortuary here, and performed the burial after the funeral mass at the protest venue at Thangachimadam.
P. Sesu Raja, leader of a
mechanized boat fishermen association, had said that “when accepting the
assurances given by the Union Ministers, we are postponing the agitation. We
will draw up the future course of action after meeting foreign secretary S.
Jaishankar in New Delhi after March 20".
After the funeral mass, hundreds of men, women and children bade a tearful farewell to the body of Britjo, which was taken in a procession to the cemetery at Anthoniyarpuram, near the protest venue. After taking part in the burial ceremony, the fishers dispersed peacefully even as the posse of police heaved a sigh of relief. Previously emotional scenes were witnessed when the body of the young fisherman was brought from the hospital mortuary to the protest venue.