A group of fishermen were allegedly attacked near Katchatheevu in the Palk Straits by the Sri Lankan Navy even before they entered Sri Lankan territorial waters, fisheries officials said here on Thursday.

Fishermen in 614 boats had gone to the sea on Wednesday night. The Sri Lankan Navymen threw stones and other missiles including bottles, to prevent them from crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line, they said.

The windscreens of some boats were damaged and the fishermen were threatened at gunpoint not to cross the IMBL, they alleged.

The fishermen later returned to shore.

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