Rameswaram fishermen claim Lankan Navy attacked them

Monday, 17 September 2018

Fishermen from Rameswaram claimed they were attacked by the Sri Lankan Navy near Katchatheevu today (Sunday).

The fishermen said that when they were returning on-board over 100 boats they were intercepted and their fish catch and equipment were “damaged” by Sri Lankan Naval personnel near Katchatheevu Sunday, the Press Trust of India reported.

The Lankan naval personnel, wielding guns, threatened the fishermen of arrest if they ventured into the area and asked them to leave, Rameswaram Mechanised Boats Fishermen Association leader S Emerit claimed.

Talking to reporters here, he said the fishermen had put out to sea in around 250 boats Saturday morning and were returning here after fishing in the area between Katchatheevu and Dhanushkodi, near Rameswaram, when they came under the attack.