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Over 3,000 TN fishermen chased away by SL Navy; fishing nets cut

Press Trust of India  |  Rameswaram (TN) 

Over 3,000 fishermen were allegedly chased away and nets of many boats snapped by the while they were fishing off Tuesday, a said.

The personnel also sank a mechanised boat mid-sea, he alleged.

The fishermen from this island town had ventured into the sea Monday in 594 boats and were fishing near when the Sri Lankan naval personnel arrived and drove them away, Mechanised Boat Association P Sesuraja said.

The naval personnel cut fishing nets of 50 boats and rammed their vessel into one of the boats carrying four fishermen and sank it.

The four fishermen on board were left to struggle in the sea till fellow fishermen rescued them, he added.

Noting that the livelihood of the state's fishermen was at stake, Sesuraja said the Centre should hold talks with the island-nation and find a permanent solution to the long-standing problem of fishing in the Palk Strait, an inlet of the between and northern

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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 13:10 IST