Udupi: It has been twenty days since seven fishermen went missing after they left for fishing from Malpe Bunder, but the government has failed in tracing the missing fishermen. Blaming the government for its inefficiency, the fishermen community staged a massive protest.
Marching from Malpe Fish Harbour to Ambalpady NH66 via Karavali Bypass, the protesters shouted slogans demanding the government to find the missing fishermen and a boat “Suvarna Tribhuja” soon. More than 15,000 protesters hailing from Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada and Udupi districts took part. Fishing has been halted in all the three districts.
Thousands of women from various women's associations also participated in the protest, holding banners stating "Is there no value for the lives of fishermen?" "Ruling state government and central government should be aware of the problems fishermen are facing." "Find the missing fishermen soon."
The Fishermen Association handed over a memo to District in-charge minister, Dr Jayamala, pressurising the government to speed up its search operation for missing seven fishermen. A memo was also given to Deputy Commissioner Priyanka Mary Francis.
Dr Jayamala addressed the protestors and promised to trace the missing seven fishermen soon.
Cool drinks were arranged for the protesters during the protest.
Ambalapadi and Kinnimulki roads were blocked for some time during the protest.
The district police arranged massive security with more than 500 policemen. The traffic was diverted in several places in the city. Ambalapadi and Kinnimulki roads were blocked for some time during the protest.
Former minister Pramod Madhwaraj, entrepreneur G Shanker, Malpe Fishermen's Association President Anand Kunder and many other leaders led the protest.
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