Rameswaram (Tamil Nadu), Jun 28: The Sri Lankan Naval personnel yet again allegedly attacked the Indian fishing trawlers and snapped the fishing nets, midnight last night.
Official sources said here today that as many as 696 mechanised fishing trawlers had set sail into the sea for fishing from Rameswaram fishing jetty yesterday. When they were fishing near the controversial Katchatheevu Island, a flotilla of Sri Lankan Naval vessels encircled 20 fishing boats.
The Lankan Naval men allegedly boarded the fishing boats and snapped the fishing nets with sickles and knives, though the fishermen pleaded them not to damage the nets.
Later, the Naval men threatened the fishermen of dire consequences, if they trespassed into Sri Lankan territorial waters. The panic stricken fishermen returned to the Rameswaram shore this morning.
According to reports, a group of Sri Lankan fishermen attacked another group of Indian fishing trawlers at mid sea in the wee hours of today. The Lankan fishermen allegedly seized the GPRS equipment and marine species from the Indian fishermen.
This is the second attack by Sri Lankan Navy during this week. Earlier, the Sri Lankan Maritime Forces attacked 20 boats and assaulted more than 80 fishermen when they were fishing at mid sea on Monday midnight.
The recurring attacks on fishermen by both Sri Lankan Navy and fishermen have triggered resentment among the fishing folk of Island town of Rameswaram, what they called as a blatant violation of Indo-Sri Lankan agreements on the fishermen row.
The Indian Government had asked the Island nation to ‘desist from using force’ against the fishermen. (UNI)



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