26 TN fishermen attacked, abducted by AP counterparts

By PTI Published on Jul 14, 2018 12:57 PM IST

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Nagapattinam: Andhra Pradesh fishermen have allegedly attacked and abducted 26 of their Tamilnadu counterparts for fishing in AP waters in two separate cases, officials said.

In a complaint lodged with the Nagapattinam Collector C Sureshkumar, representatives of fishermen from Akkaraipettai panchayat said that 10 fishermen of Nagapattinam were attacked by the Andhra Pradesh fishermen near Nellore coast, leaving three seriously injured. The three have been admitted to hospital, said Anandavel, who led the delegation of representatives.

The other seven fishermen were abducted in a mechanised boat, he alleged. Nineteen Nagapattinam fishermen were attacked and abducted in two mechanised boats by their Andhra Pradesh counterparts, Anandavel added.

The Akkaraipettai fishermen panchayat representatives have urged the State and Union governments to secure the release of the 26 fishermen and their three boats.

CPI Tamilnadu secretary Mutharasan has condemned the attack and urged the state government to ensure proper treatment and compensation for the affected fishermen.