Hundreds of fishermen from island were on Sunday forced to return without catch after Sri Lankan Naval personnel allegedly snapped the fishing nets of ten mechanised boats near Katchatheevu.
The fishermen had put out to sea in 641 mechanised boats on Saturday and were fishing near Katchatheevu in the Palk Strait when Sri Lankan Naval men rounded up ten boats on Saturday night, Rameswaram Fishermen Association President P Sesuraja told reporters in Rameswaram.
The Lankan Naval personnel cut the fishing nets of the ten boats and asked them to go back, following which all the boats returned to the shores on Sunday morning, he said.
Fishermen from coastal hamlet resumed fishing operations on August 3 after a week long stir to press for various demands, including the release of 77 fishermen in Sri Lankan custody, as the island nation has set them free. A resolution to this effect was adopted at a meeting of Fishermen’s associations in Rameswaram, state Fishermen Association president N Devadoss said.
This comes after the incident in July when fishing nets of five boats of Indian fishermen were cut allegedly by Sri Lankan naval personnel, who also chased away more than 2,000 fishermen off Katchatheevu islet.