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Lankan navy opens fire at Indian trawlers

While the fishermen were returning to the shores, Lankan navymen intercepted and forced them to jump from the boats into the sea.
None | By United News of India, Nagapattinam
PUBLISHED ON JUL 25, 2006 12:11 PM IST

Sri Lankan Naval personnel opened fire at the boats of Indian fishermen causing damage, sinking a boat and taking away two boats from them 15 km away from the Kodiyakkarai coast in this district of Tamil Nadu on Monday.

According to police, 13 fishermen from the coastal village Pushpavanam ventured into the sea in four fibre boats on July 23.

While they were returning to the shores on Monday, Sri Lankan Naval personnel intercepted and forced them to jump from the boats into the sea.

After the fishermen leaped into the water, the naval personnel fired at the boats, in which one of the boat sanked.

While two boats loaded with fish were taken away by them, they did not harm the fourth boat and left after giving a warning.

The petrified fishermen however managed to reach the coast with the lone boat and lodged a complaint in this regard with the Vedaranyam police station, police added.

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