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NAGAPATTINAM: Fishermen of Nagapattinam on Tuesday began a week-long boycott of fishing to protest against the attack by Sri Lankan Navy in mid-sea off Point Calimere early on Monday, in which Kaliyaperumal (55) of Akkaraipettai was killed and another fisherman injured.

Fisheries department sources told The Hindu that fishermen of Akkaraipettai, Keechankuppam, Serudur, Nagore, Arcottuthurai, Pushpavanam, Kodiakarai hamlets did not venture into the sea.

Agitated over the continued firing by the Sri Lankan Navy, they urged the State Government to take immediate steps to stop such attacks.

Fishermen of Nagapattinam district had observed a three-day strike a fortnight ago to protest against harassment by Sri Lankan Navy.

Linked to seizure

Intelligence sources said following the recent seizure of a boat laden with explosives and weapons off the Vedaranyam coast, the Sri Lankan Navy had started targeting all fishing boats, suspecting they might be carrying LTTE suicide-bombers.

The Fisheries department had advised the fishermen to be careful and keep off the Sri Lankan waters. The fishermen said they were able to get a good catch only if they ventured further into the sea.

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