TN fishermen attacked by Sri Lankan Naval men: Officials

TN fishermen attacked by Sri Lankan Naval men: Officials

As many as 552 fishing boats were forced to return to the Dhanushkodi shores near here in view of the incident, Fisheries department officials said quoting the fishermen.

The Sri Lankan Naval personnel also damaged the fishing nets of 15 boats and tortured some fishermen asking them to carry ice bars on their head for two hours, the fishermen alleged.

Anderson, one of the fishermen who returned to the shores, said his four colleagues who were pushed into sea managed to swim and get onto a boat. Officials said the Sri Lankan Naval men also warned that they would take very tough action from tomorrow if they were seen in the area.

In the past few months, several instances of attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen allegedly by Sri Lankan Navy have been reported. Voicing concern over the frequent attacks, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has recently told Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that such incidents should be viewed as "an act of provocation and aggression" against India.

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