Lankan Navy personnel pelts stones at TN fishermen

Rameswaram: About 800 fishermen who went to fishing near Katchatheevu island had to return after Sri Lankan naval personnel allegedly pelted stones at them, official sources said here Thursday.

The naval personnel, who were in five boats, surrounded the boats of the fishermen last night and pelted stones at them, forcing them to leave the area without fishing, the sources said.

The fishermen escaped without getting hurt by ducking in their boats, the sources said.

Katchatheevu was ceded to Sri Lanka by India in 1974.