Three TN fishermen injured in mid-sea attack by Lanka Navy

Three fishermen from here were injured when they were pushed into sea and their country boat ransacked allegedly by Sri Lankan navy personnel on the charge of straying into their waters.

Last Updated: Feb 07, 2011, 00:04 AM IST

Rameswaram (TN): In yet another incident of
attack on Indian fisherfolk, three fishermen from here were
injured when they were pushed into sea and their country boat
ransacked allegedly by Sri Lankan navy personnel on the charge
of straying into their waters.

Two fishermen from Tamil Nadu were killed allegedly by
the Sri Lankan Navy in mid-sea incidents recently, causing an
outrage in India and prompting the government to tell Colombo
that use of force against them should not be repeated.

Officials said a group of fishermen in ten country boats
had anchored their boats in the sea and were fishing when the
latest incident occurred at around midnight last night.

Two of the fishermen -- Anthonydass and Albert -- told
officials that they were very much in the Indian zone when Sri
Lankan Navalmen allegedly assaulted them and ransacked their
boats.

Officials also said the country boat fishermen would not
have crossed the International Maritime Boundary line in view
of the limited capacity of their vessels.

The fishermen complained that Sri Lankan Navalmen cut off
the anchor ropes and assaulted them with their gun. "Three of
us were pushed into sea and our fishing nets were also thrown
into waters," they said adding they swam for a long time
before locating their boat.

Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, during her visit to
Colombo on January 31, had voiced "serious concern" over the
killing of two Tamil Nadu fishermen and said India expected
the island nation to put in place "effective measures" to
avoid recurrence of such incidents.

A joint statement issued at the conclusion of Rao`s visit
had said the two sides agreed that use of force cannot be
justified under any circumstances.

PTI