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Sri Lankan navy attack Indian fishermen

RAMESWARAM, India

Boats and fishing nets of Indian fishermen from here were damaged in an alleged attack by the Sri Lankan Navy, Tamil Nadu Fisheries officials said on Thursday.

The incident happened late on Wednesday near Katchatheevu when Lankan Naval personnel, who came in about 10 patrol boats, hurled glass bottles, and stones, they said.

While nobody sustained injuries, about 25 boats were damaged within the incident while the personnel damaged fishing nets in about 40 craft, officials said.

The damaged boats were towed to the shore with the help of others.

Fishermen association representatives N Devadass and P Sesuraja expressed concern over such incidents and said the fishers were apprehensive of carrying on with their vocation within the seas due to such recurring incidents.

A complaint was lodged with the local Fisheries officials over the matter.

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