Sri Lankan Navy personnel allegedly attacked five fishermen from Rameswaram when they were fishing near Katchatheevu on Saturday, official sources said.
The Navy personnel, who came in five boats, fired four rounds in the air and threatened a group of fishermen from Rameswaram not to fish in the area. They also attacked five fishermen of a boat with steel rods, Kennedy, Inspector, ‘Q’ branch police and T. Sasuraja, president, Rameswaram Fishermen Association, told reporters.
The Navymen also destroyed some of the fishing nets, they said.
Kani and Kalainaanam sustained severe injuries in the attack and they were admitted to hospital, they said.