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Oct 11, 2012 at 12:37pm IST

5 TN fishermen accuse Sri Lankan Navy staff of beating them

Rameswaram: Five fishermen from this coastal town were allegedly beaten up by Sri Lankan naval personnel when they crossed the International Maritime

Boundary Line and netted fish near Katchativu islet early this morning, officials said.

Quoting fishermen who returned from the area, they said Lankan naval personnel snapped nets, snatched their catch, beat them with pipes and warned them not to venture near Katchathivu, an islet ceded by India to the neighbouring country in the 1970s.

5 TN fishermen accuse SL Navy staff of beating them

Lankan naval personnel snapped nets, snatched their catch and beat them with pipes, the fishermen alleged.

Meanwhile, the Coastal Fishermen's Association charged traders with forming a cartel and quoting very low price for the catch. The Association said they were forced to sell the fish at prices quoted by the cartel and that the government was not taking effective steps to break their hold.