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Five fishermen beaten up by SL navy personnel

October 11, 2012 12:48 IST

Five fishermen from Rameswaram were allegedly beaten up by Sri Lankan naval personnel when they crossed the international maritime boundary line and netted fish near Katchativu islet early Thursday 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.

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.

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