Tamil Nadu fishermen attacked, chased away by Sri Lankan Navy


RAMESWARAM: A fishermen association leader on Tuesday said that more than 2,000 Tamil Nadu fishermen were allegedly chased away by the Sri Lankan Navy while they were fishing near Katchatheevu islet.


According to the report, 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”, Rameswaram Fishermen Association President P Sesuraja said.

He urged the Centre to take up the fishermen's issue with the newly-elected Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

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

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