The Sri Lankan Navy has allegedly opened fire on at least four boats carrying nine Tamil Nadu fishermen while returning from the Palk Straits after fishing.
“Luckily, nine of us escaped unhurt,” Arokiyam, a fishermen’s representative, said. According to him, at least four boats caught in the fire.
“At least four boats in which they were on were riddled by bullets fired by the Lankan Navy and one bullet each was recovered from two boats,” he told.
A fisheries department official said he has received a complaint from the fishermen, seeking action to protect them.
“This is the third instance of Lankan Navy opening fire on fishermen in recent times even though they were fishing on the Indian side of Palk Strait,” the official said.
“The two bullets that were found in boats were handed over to fisheries authorities,” he further said.