Lankan Naval personnel allegedly surrounded ten boats and at gunpoint seized the catch early this morning, officials said.
Officials claimed the Lankan Navy was now strictly enforcing the ban on Tamil Nadu fishermen from fishing near Katchatheevu, their traditional area of fishing.
“For the past one week, ten Sri Lankan navy boats have been anchored near the islet and they are using focus lights to warn the Indian fishermen going anywhere near Katchatheevu,” said a fisheries department official.
Rameswaram fishermen were using “banned fishing nets” which were causing harm to marine wealth, and as a result there were clashes between the fishermen and their Lankan counterparts, he said.
Meanwhile,fishermen today returned with poor quantity of fish as they were not allowed near Katchatheevu,officials said.
The Lankan navalmen were patrolling in the area throughout the night, signalling with “focus lights” not to enter their area,they added.