Dec 06, Colombo: Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu have accused the Sri Lankan Navy personnel of snapping their fishing nets and chasing them back to Indian waters while they were fishing near the Katchatheevu islet.
A fishermen association leader in Rameswaram has told PTI that the nets of 20 mechanized boats were snapped after rounding them up allegedly by Sri Lankan naval personnel near Katchatheevu islet and over 3300 Tamil Nadu fishermen were forced to return to shore without their catch.
The fishermen from Rameswaram had put out to sea in more than 540 mechanized boats on Wednesday night and were fishing near Katchatheevu in the Palk Strait when Sri Lankan navy personnel came in five boats and chased them away, the fisheries representative said.
Sri Lankan Navy personnel had on December 4, chased away over 4,000 Tamil Nadu fishermen while they were fishing near Katchatheevu.
Tamil Nadu fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters use destructive bottom trawling to catch fish, a practice banned by Sri Lanka, depleting Sri Lanka's marine resources.