19 Tamil Nadu fishermen blindfolded, attacked by SLN for 5 days
[TamilNet, Thursday, 15 May 2008, 10:07 GMT]
Nineteen Indian Tamil fishermen, including two 15-year-old boys, arrested by the Sri Lanka Navy in the Historical Waters of Palk Strait last Friday were blindfolded, attacked and interrogated by the SLN for 5-days and handed over to the Police and brought to Mannaar Magistrate's Courts Thursday. T.J. Prabahkaran, the magistrate, allowed the Police application to remand the fishermen into police custody for 7 days, legal sources said.
The fishermen who hail from Maanthoappuththe'ru, Thangkachchimadam in Ramesvaram district of Tamil Nadu said they were arrested by the SLN from 4 fishing boats, blindfolded and taken to an undisclosed location for interrogation by the SLN.
Sri Lankan Police said that the Indian fishermen were arrested between Kachchatheevu and the Sri Lankan coast.