|arya||Date: Monday, 23-January-2012, 6:30 AM | Message # 1|
|RAMANATHAPURAM: Fishermen from Rameswaram who ventured into the sea on Saturday morning came under heavy attack, allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy. Nine fishermen were also taken by the Sri Lankan naval personnel and held in Talaimannar area. |
About 600 boats ventured into the sea on Saturday morning and while they were fishing near the international maritime boundary in the afternoon, personnel from the island navy came there and began to pelt stones at the fishermen. The attack resulted in the damage to more than 200 boats. The Sri Lankan Navy later started chasing the Indian fishermen and allegedly climbed into their boats. They also beat up the fishermen and damaged the fishing nets. Fearing for their lives, the Indian fishermen fled to the shore for safety.
Unfortunately, two boats were apprehended by the Sri Lankan Navy, as the engines developed a snag, the fishermen said. The boats, belonging to Bose and Ramu were towed away. Nine fishermen - Chinnian, Malaichamy, Tamilselvan, Selvam, Rajamanickam, Packia Joseph, Mariappan, Vijyakumar and Ramu were taken into custody, they added.
Twenty-three fishermen sustained minor injuries in the incident. Interestingly, the fishermen have not preferred a complaint with the authorities. The attack came as a shock to the fishermen community in the region, as external affairs minister S M Krishna raised the issue with his counterparts during his visit last week to Colombo.
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