71 fishermen who were engaged in fishing at Mutharippu Thurai in Mannar were outrageously arrested by the Navy and 13 boats detained in their custody, the area people accused.
Following the recent altercation between Mutharrippu fishermen and the Navy, the Navy is behaving in a stringent way with the said fishermen and their outrages are increasing by the day, they said. In a context where, the fishermen were arrested during day time, and kept in the custody of the Navy, the Officials of the Department of Fisheries and Aqua Resources intervened and got them released.
It was also reported that these fishermen were arrested for not possessing insurance receipts and copy of the Identity Card etc., and the Department officials said that the Navy is not authourized to check Insurance. It is the duty of the department they said.
The people said that this treatment is meted out to them after a Navy rating was assaulted while trying to trespassing into house in the middle of the night.