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India will secure rights over Katchatheevu: Jayalalithaa

India will secure rights over Katchatheevu: Jayalalithaa

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Thursday hoped that India will soon regain its rights over the Katchatheevu island that was ceded to Sri Lanka in 1974.

In her Independence Day speech here, Jayalalithaa also said that her government was taking steps to protect people from inflation due to the Central government's wrong economic policies.

"I have faith in re-establishing our rights in Katchatheevu," she said after unfurling the national flag at the state secretariat Fort St. George.

Katchatheevu is located in the narrow sea dividing India and Sri Lanka. The sea near it is said to be rich in marine life, leading to frequent clashes between Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen.

This year, the Tamil Nadu assembly passed a resolution urging the Central government to revoke the Katchatheevu transfer agreement.

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