Indian fishermen again attacked by Sri Lankan Navy

  • Sri Lankan Navy attacked four Indian fishermen off Katchatheevu. A few days before it had detained nine others for "straying" into their waters
  • The four fishermen were allegedly beaten by Sri Lankan navy personnel off Katchatheevu, an islet ceded to Lanka in the 1970s
  • The fishermen were warned of life imprisonment if they entered the Sri Lankan territory
  • A court in Kankesanturai in northern Sri Lanka later released nine Indian fishermen who were detained by the island Navy for "straying" into their waters. The fishermen told the court that they had strayed into Sri Lankan waters due to wind and rough sea, the court considered their statements and freed them with a warning
  • The fishermen were handed over to Indian Coast Guard personnel at the international maritime boundary line and brought to Mandapam.

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