TN fishermen attacked, chased away by SL Navy

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More than 2,000 Tamil Nadu fishermen were allegedly chased away by the Sri Lankan Navy while they were fishing near Katchatheevu islet, a fishermen association leader said here on Tuesday.

The fishermen from this island town had ventured into the sea on Monday evening in 540 boats and were fishing off Katchatheevu when a team of Sri Lankan naval personnel came to the spot and attacked before driving them away, Rameswaram Fishermen Association President P Sesuraja alleged.

Fishing nets of 20 boats were also snapped, he said adding the fisherfolks were forced to return to the shore without a catch. He urged the Centre to take up the fishermen's issue with the newly-elected Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Early this month, over 3,000 fishermen from here were allegedly chased away by Sri Lankan Navy when they were fishing near Katchatheevu islet. 

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