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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Tamil Nadu: Lankan navy attacks Indian fishermen

PTI  Rameswaram (Tamil Nadu), May 06, 2013
First Published: 14:13 IST(6/5/2013) | Last Updated: 14:20 IST(6/5/2013)

Fifteen fishermen, who put to sea from Rameswaram, were Monday attacked allegedly by Sri Lankan Navy when they were fishing near Dhanuskodi, fisheries department sources said.

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The fishermen were fishing near a sand hillock in Indian waters when the Lankan Navy came in two boats and allegedly beat them up with sticks, said Plavumin Thiyakarajan, assistant director, fisheries department.

The Lankan navy personnel told them they were fishing in Lankan waters and sent them back with a warning, officials said.

Meanwhile, the remand of 30 fishermen of Rameswaram and Thangachimadam, lodged in a Sri Lankan prison since their arrest on April 6 on poaching charges, was Monday extended till May 20 by a court, S Emerite, Thangachimadam fishermen's association president said.

The Orkaavalthurai court extended the remand of 26 fishermen from Karaikal, arrested on April 5 while fishing near Nagapattinam, also to May 20, U Arulanandam, Pamban fishermen's association president said.

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