Sri Lankan navy allegedly shot dead an Indian fisherman while he was fishing in a motorised boat along with three others, a short distance near Katchativu.
Indian fishermen had resumed fishing in the Palk Straits two days back after the 45 day ban imposed by the Tamil Nadu government on mechanised trawlers on April 15 ended.
Police said the fisherman, who suffered bullet injuries in the kidney, died on the spot, while the three others escaped unhurt around 11 pm last night. His body was brought to the Rameswaram hospital at 1:30 am today.
Tension prevailed as fishermen from Thangachimadam Coastal village gathered in front of the Hospital here to protest against the firing by the Sri Lankan navy.
Fishermen told police that they were fishing well within Indian waters when the Sri Lankan naval personnel came "silently" to the spot in a gas operated boat, taking them by suprise. They did not even fire a warning shot, they said.
Top police officials are holding talks with the fishermen, who alleged that the fisherman's death was due to the "failure" of the Indian Navy and Coast Guard to protect them.
The fishermen are waiting for the Collector to continue the talks regarding security arrangements for them.