two thousand Tamil Nadu fishermen were chased away by Sri Lankan Navy
personnel for fishing near Katchatheevu, islands situated between the two countries according to
fishermen sources in the island.
fishermen from Rameshwaram had ventured into the sea in 300 boats and were
fishing off Katchatheevu islet when the Lankan Naval personnel came to the spot
past midnight and chased them away, according to the spokesman of Tamil Nadu
Mechanized Boats Fishermen Association.
The Sri Lankan Naval personnel also snapped fishing nets of 50 boats.
fishermen were forced to retreat to the shore without the catch.
Rameshwaram fishermen complain that repeated attacks by the island's Navy on them
have affected their livelihood. They have also appealed to the Central and
state governments to take steps to find a solution to the long-pending problem.
In a similar incident that took place on July 22, over 3,000 Tamil Nadu
fishermen were chased away by the Lankan Navy while they were fishing near
was handed over to Sri Lanka under the Indo Sri Lankan bilateral agreement in
1975 but fishing rights were assured for the Indian fishermen. The issue is
before the Supreme Court.