Deadly shooting sparks Indian pilgrim boycott in Sri Lanka
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Dark cloud hangs over popular cross-border St. Anthony festival after death of fisherman
Pilgrims attend the annual feast of St. Anthony on Kachchatheevu Island in Jaffna Diocese, Sri Lanka. Indian devotees boycotted the feast March 10-12 after the Sri Lankan navy allegedly shot one of their fishermen. (ucanews.com photo)
Over 5,000 pilgrims from India shunned the annual feast of St. Anthony on an Sri Lankan island following the shooting and killing of an Indian fisherman.
The 22-year-old fisherman was killed and another injured allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy on March 6 for fishing in Sri Lankan waters. The Sri Lankan navy has denied responsibility and told media they would release a report on the incident by the end of March.
"With the local fishing community mourning the death of one of their son, there was no question of going on this annual pilgrimage," said Father Sagayaraj, parish priest at Rameswaram and chief coordinator of the Indian pilgrimage.
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