Around 1,500 fishermen from Tamil Nadu's Rameswaram returned to the shores without fish catch today after they were allegedly driven away by Sri Lankan Navay near Katchatheevu, a fishermen association leader said.
The fishermen, who had put out to sea on Saturday in over 275 mechanised boats, were fishing near Katchatheevu when the Lankan naval personnel in four patrol vessels allegedly snapped the fishing nets of 10 boats, Mechanised Boats Fishermen Association President P Sesuraja told reporters.
The naval personnel also drove away the other fishermen, following which they returned to Rameswaram on Sunday morning, he claimed.
On Friday, over 600 fishermen from Rameswaram region were chased away and fishing nets of nearly 10 boats allegedly snapped by the Lankan Navy for allegedly fishing in their waters. -- PTI