Sept 05, Colombo: Fishermen from Tamil Nadu have accused the Sri Lankan navy of attacking them and damaging their boats and fishing equipment, while they were fishing off the Katchatheevu island today.
The fishermen have alleged that the Sri Lankan navy personnel chased them away after warning them of severe consequences.
According to a PTI report, 20 boats were damaged and more than 10 fishermen sustained injuries in the attack, the police said, adding that the injured were admitted to a private hospital and discharged subsequently.
Over 2,500 fishermen from Rameswaram, who had put out to sea last night were forced to return to the shore this morning.
The incident comes a day after 80 fishermen from the state, who were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy in separate incidents early this year, returned to the Karaikal port from the island nation.