Rameswaram(TN), Jan 30 (PTI) Nearly 1,000 Tamil Nadu fishermen were today chased away by the Sri Lankan Navy which also snapped fishing nets of a few vessels for allegedly fishing near Katchatheevu islet. Also Read - Unable to Break Open ATM, Robbers Steal The Whole Machine in Tamil Nadu's Tiruppur

The fishermen from here had ventured into the sea yesterday and were fishing close to Katchatheevu when the Lankan naval personnel came to the spot in three boats and cut nets of at least five boats before asking them to leave, Tamil Nadu Fishermen Mechanised Boat Association President P Sesuraja alleged. Also Read - Lockdown News: These States Impose Lockdown-Like Restrictions in March, Only Essential Services Allowed | Full List

Following the incident all the fishermen returned to the shore this morning, he said. Also Read - Rahul Gandhi Enjoys Palm Fruit With Locals in Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari, Video Goes Viral | Watch

Twelve fishermen from this island town were on January 28 arrested by the Lankan Navy for allegedly fishing in their waters near Talaimannar.

The naval personnel had seized two boats used by fishers and allegedly snapped the nets of around 50 boats.

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