RAMESWARAM: Fishermen from Rameswaram were allegedly attacked mid-sea by the Sri Lankan Navy causing grievous injury to one fisherman and damaging a number of fishing nets.
More than 2500 fishermen from Rameswaram and around went for fishing on Monday morning by 531 boats.
According to the fishermen, while they were fishing near Dhanushkodi, nearly 10 large patrolling ships of the Sri Lankan navy rounded up 300 boats.
The naval personnel tore the nets cast on the ocean and assaulted some fishermen too, they claimed. When the fishermen tried to escape by speeding up their boats, some of the boats collided with each other in which a fisherman lost two fingers.
The man identified as Venkata Subramanian is under treatment at Ramanathapuram hospital.
The fishermen said that on Monday night they waited for few hours for the Sri Lankan Navy to leave. They then collected the remains of their nets and later fished in Rameswaram area and returned on Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, five fishermen, whose boat capsized because of rough weather on Monday evening, were rescued by other fishermen. As the weather suddenly turned rough on Monday evening, their boat capsized. The five men stayed afloat using diesel and water cans. They were later noticed and rescued by other fishermen.