Around 60 Indian fishing boats were damaged in stone pelting allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy, a fisheries department official said on Sunday. He said Sri Lankan sailors also damaged fishing nets in 25 boats. They had reached fishing near Katchatheevu late last night where the stone pelting took place.
Officials quoted fishermen as saying that Navy personnel came in about five ships and started pelting stones at Indian boats. However, no fisherman was injured in the incident. S Emerit, representative of the fishermen’s association, said that around 556 boats were launched into the sea on Saturday night. After this some of them were targeted by the Sri Lankan Navy.
Expressing concern over such recurring incidents, he sought the intervention of the Central and State Governments to resolve the issue and ensure their livelihood. A complaint has been made to the senior fisheries officials in the matter.
Let us tell that even 10 days ago, hundreds of fishermen had landed in the sea fishing in 300 boats on the Mandapam beach in Rameswaram. These fishermen say that when they were fishing near Katchatheevu, 5 patrolling boats of the Sri Lankan Navy surrounded them and started raining stones on them.