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Sri Lankan Navy attacks Indian fishing boats with soda bottles, stones

The fishermen, who returned to Rameswaram fishing jetty on Sunday after the attack, told newsmen that the Sri Lankan Naval patrol vessels pelted stones and soda bottles indiscriminately on their boats when they were engaged in fishing at mid-sea.

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Rameswaram: Mechanized boat fishermen from Rameswaram
has alleged that they were attacked by the Sri Lankan Navy personnel near the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) late on Saturday night.

The fishermen, who returned to Rameswaram fishing jetty on Sunday after the attack, told newsmen that the Sri Lankan Naval patrol vessels pelted stones and soda bottles indiscriminately on their boats when they were engaged in fishing at mid-sea.

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No one was injured in the attack.

The fishing gears in at least 50 boats were damaged in the attack, they
said.

Over 3,000 fishermen had set sail into the sea for fishing from Rameswaramyesterday morning after a gap of two weeks owing to inclement weather.

Fishermen associations strongly condemned the attack on innocent fishermen and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to use diplomatic channels to prevent violent attacks.

Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) also strongly condemned the attack on the
fishermen and demanded action against the Sri Lankan Navy.

The Centre should take initiatives to put an end to the attacks and the
fishermen of both countries should be allowed to fish across borders, PMK Youth Wing leader and Rajya Sabha MP Dr Anbumani Ramadoss tweeted.

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