Tamil Nadu fishermen attacked by Sri Lankan Navy

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RAMESWARAM: More than 2,500 Tamil Nadu fishermen were allegedly chased away by the Sri Lankan Navy while they were fishing near Katchatheevu islet.


According to the report from the officials, the fishermen from this island town had ventured into the sea on Wednesday evening in 497 boats.

When they were fishing off Katchatheevu, the Lankan naval personnel came to the spot and attacked before driving them away.

Rameswaram Fishermen Association President P Sesuraja alleged that Fishing nets of several boats were also cut, and the fisherfolk were forced to return to the shore without a catch.

Sesuraja urged Ramanathapuram MP K Navas Kani to take up the issue of frequent attacks on fishermen from the state with the Centre.

On Tuesday, 2,000 fishermen from here were allegedly chased away by Sri Lankan Navy when they were fishing near Katchatheevu islet.

The fishermen from this island town had ventured into the sea on Monday evening in 540 boats and were fishing off Katchatheevu. A team of Sri Lankan naval personnel came to the spot and attacked before driving them away.

Fishing nets of 20 boats were also snapped and the fisherfolks were forced to return to the shore without a catch.

Early this month, over 3,000 fishermen from here were allegedly chased away by Sri Lankan Navy when they were fishing near Katchatheevu islet.

India and Sri Lanka regularly arrest each other's fishermen, who inadvertently enter into their waters due to the absence of any proper technology to confirm the coastline border between Sri Lanka and India.

 

With inputs from Agency

Image credit: The Statesman

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