Lanka navy snaps fishing nets of TN fishermen


Lanka navy snaps fishing nets of TN fishermen

RAMESWARAM: A group of Tamil Nadu fishermen were today forced to return without any catch after Sri Lankan naval personnel allegedly snapped their fishing nets while they were fishing off Katchatheevu.

Over 3,000 fishermen from this coastal town had put out to sea in 641 mechanised boats last evening, and were fishing near Katchatheevu when the naval men rounded up nearly 30 boats and cut off the fishing nets before asking them to return, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Fishermen Association General Secretary NJ Bose said.

The fishermen returned to the shores this morning, he added.

Condemning the incident, Bose also urged the Centre to take steps to restore the traditional fishing rights of the Indian fishermen.

The incident comes after talks were held between the fishermen associations of India and Sri Lanka in New Delhi on November 2, over the thorny issue of fishing rights, during which the visiting delegation had rejected the demands for relaxation of norms for Tamil Nadu’s fishing trawlers.

On November 4, the governments of India and Sri Lanka had decided to set up a Joint Working Group (JWG) on Fisheries to meet every three months and hold a meeting between the Ministers for Fisheries every six months, during extensive ministerial-level talks in New Delhi on possible mechanisms to find a permanent solution to the emotive issue of fishermen.

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