The fishermen were fishing off Katchathivu islet in 683 mechanised boats when the navymen came in boats, cut nets and pelted stones at them, officials said.

About 2,700 fishermen from this coastal town returned without fishing after Sri Lankan naval personnel allegedly pelted stones at them and cut the fishing nets of some boats off Katchativu, officials said in Rameswaram on Thursday.

They said the fishermen had put out to sea in 683 mechanised boats last night and were fishing off Katchathivu islet when the Naval personnel came in boats, pelted stones at them and cut the nets on six boats.

They also threatened them against fishing in the area, the officials said.

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