New Delhi/Rameswaram (TN): Sixteen Tamil Nadu
fishermen were injured in an alleged mid-sea attack by Sri
Lankan naval personnel, prompting India to take up the issue
with Colombo, which said it is investigating the incident.
The 16 fishermen from Rameswaram were attacked yesterday
while they fishing near the International Maritime Boundary
Line (IMBL) in Palk Straits.
"Indian Mission in Colombo has taken up the issue of
attack on Indian fishermen with Sri Lankan authorities. They
have informed that they are investigating the case," an MEA
spokesperson said in New Delhi today.
Police in Rameshwaram said the Lankan naval personnel had
attacked the fishermen with wooden logs, stones and bottles,
resulting in serious injuries.
A 25-year-old youth, who suffered a fracture, said it was
a "brutal" attack by the Lankan navymen who surrounded 25
boats of the fishermen.
"They damaged the boats, snapped the fishing nets and
attacked us with logs and stones," he alleged.
A Fisheries Department official described the attack as a
violation of human rights.
Earlier today, Ministry of External Affairs has asked its
mission in Colombo to take it up the issue with Sri Lankan
The Sri Lankan authorities have informed India that they
are investigating the incident.
However, a Sri Lankan Navy spokesperson in Colombo refuted
the allegations of attack on Indian fishermen.