Tamil Diplomat

Four fishermen injured in attack by Sri Lankan navy personnel

Sri Lanka Navy personnel came under accusation from Indian fishermen that they were allegedly attacked by the naval men with stones when they were fishing near Sri Lanka’s Katchatheevu island Sunday.

Four Tamil Nadu fishermen were injured in the attack according the Rameswaram police, PTI reported.

According to the police the fishermen from Rameswaram, who had ventured into the sea in 641 boats, were stopped and attacked near Katchatheevu in the Palk Straits allegedly by Sri Lankan naval personnel who came in patrol boats and sea bikes.

T Sasuraja, President, Rameswaram Fishermen Association, told Indian media that the navy men also destroyed the fishing nets of more than 30 boats and damaged the vessels.

The injured fishermen were treated as out-patients at the government hospital here. The other boats returned to shore following the attack.

The Sri Lankan Navy on October 14 arrested 9 Indian fishermen and for allegedly violating the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and poaching in Sri Lankan waters. With that arrest, Sri Lanka has detained 87 Indian fishermen and 39 boats.

An Indian government minister Saturday urged the Tamil Nadu fishermen not to cross the IMBL deliberately.

Tamil fishermen in Sri Lanka’s North have demanded the Sri Lankan and Indian authorities to stop their Indian counterparts robbing their livelihood.