Eight Indian fishermen missing

August 24th, 2008 - 10:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu), Aug 24 (IANS) At least eight Indian fishermen with five boats were reported missing Sunday after alleged attacks by the Sri Lankan Navy, the Tamil Nadu police said.K. Vishwanathan, a 48-year-old fisherman, said a flotilla of over 450 Indian fishing vessels was attacked by the island’s defence personnel who confiscated their catch, disrobed the fishermen and assaulted them.

Indian Coast Guard and naval personnel mounted a search to locate survivors, police officials said.

The Sri Lankan mission in state capital Chennai, 600 km north of here, was unavailable for comment.

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