Fishing waters have always been a bone of contention between the Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen but in the latest incident, more than 2,000 Tamil Nadu fishermen were chased away by the Sri Lankan Navy.
This the Lankan Navy did by alleging that the fishermen were entering their territorial waters near Katchatheevu islet.
This incident was also confirmed by the fishermen association leader.
It is informed that fishermen from this island town had ventured into the sea in 565 boats on Saturday and were fishing off Katchatheevu when the Sri Lankan naval personnel intervened.
They came to the spot and not only chased the fishermen away but also snapped their fishing nets leaving them all the more financially vulnerable.
The fishermen have not urged the central government to take steps to retrieve Katchatheevu from the island nation and restore the traditional fishing rights of the Indian fishermen.
It so happened that on March 3, over 2,500 fishermen from Rameswaram were allegedly chased away by the Lankan Navy while they were fishing near Katchatheevu.>