Sept 16, Colombo: Fishermen from Tamil Nadu have accused the Sri Lankan navy of attacking them and damaging their equipment when they were fishing in the territorial waters of the island nation on Sunday.
A fisheries official in Rameswaram has told PTI that eight Tamil Nadu fishermen were injured when they were allegedly attacked by the Sri Lankan Navy.
Indian fishermen's organization has alleged that the fishermen were returning on-board over 100 boats when they were intercepted and their fish catch and equipment were "damaged" by Sri Lankan Naval personnel near Katchatheevu Sunday,
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.
He told the media that the fishermen had ventured into the sea in around 250 boats Saturday morning and were returning after fishing in the area between Katchatheevu and Dhanushkodi, when they came under the attack from Sri Lanka Navy.
Fish catch and equipment worth lakhs of rupees were damaged, he alleged.
Emerit said the central and Tamil Nadu governments should holds talks with Sri Lanka and ensure a permanent solution to the problems faced by fishermen from the state in mid-sea in Palk Strait and protect their traditional livelihood.