Three fishermen detained, `assaulted` by forest officials in Rameswaram
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Last Updated: Friday, January 21, 2011, 16:32
Rameswaram: Three local fishermen Friday alleged that they were detained by Forest Department officials while fishing and beaten up while in custody, a claim denied by forest officials.

Karuppiah (40), his son Selvakumar and another man alleged in their complaint to the Marine Coastal Police that seven Forest Department personnel had held them while fishing yesterday.

While Forest officials said the fishermen were fishing in Gulf of Mannar Protected area and that they had merely warned and not detained them, the accused said they were detained overnight and beaten up instead of being handed over to police.

The victims alleged that they had "extensive bruises and whip marks" as a result of the assault.

They also alleged that police had refused to register their case and they could finally do so with the help of the District Fisherwomen's Association.


First Published: Friday, January 21, 2011, 16:32

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