Sri Lankan navy attacks Tamil Nadu fishermen

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 26, 2013 08:39 hrs

Rameswaram: A group of fishermen from Tamil Nadu were on Tuesday allegedly attacked by Sri Lankan naval men while they were fishing near Katchatheevu, fisheries department officials said.

The fishermen from this coastal area had ventured for fishing in 20 boats, officials said, adding, the Lankan naval men allegedly attacked them with ropes and steel pipes causing extensive damage to their fishing nets and communication equipment.

The officials, quoting a boat-owner, said they reportedly even stuffed sugar in the engine of one of the mechanized boats and paralysed it.

The fishermen alleged the naval personnel also seized the catch and warned that they would open fire next time if they were seen near Katchatheevu, an islet in the Palk Straits ceded to Sri Lanka by India in 1974.

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