Sri Lanka Navy attacked again, Indian fishermen complain

Nov 08, Rameswaram: Sri Lanka Navy personnel have allegedly attacked the fishermen from Tamil Nadu fishing near the International Maritime Boundary Line near Kachchatheevu island, Indian officials have said.

The officials say it is the second such attack this week, and 8 Tamil Nadu fishermen were injured and 13 boats were damaged when the Sri Lankan Navy personnel pelted stones at the fishermen.

The Indian Coast Guard and Fisheries officials have told Indian media that the Sri Lankan Navy men used steel bodied boats to ram fishermen’s boats and also used axe like weapons, forcing them to return to the shores.

The injured fishermen are being treated in government hospital, officials said.

Sri Lankan Naval personnel have allegedly pelted stones at fishermen fishing near Kachchatheevu islet on Sunday, injuring 6 fishermen and damaging 10 boats.

The recent incident comes a day after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jeyalalithaa wrote to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking him to take a strong stand against Sri Lanka for the alleged attacks by the Sri Lankan Navy.

“I request you to kindly take a strong stand against the government of Sri Lanka with regard to such attacks on our fishermen and convey your serious apprehension through tough words and action,” she urged the Prime Minister.

Tamil Nadu fishermen constantly allege that Sri Lankan naval personnel attack them when they were fishing in their waters near the maritime boundary line.

However, the Sri Lankan Navy denies any attacks by its personnel on Indian fishermen.

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