SLA steals prawn catch, Vallai fishermen complain

[TamilNet, Monday, 20 March 2006, 11:11 GMT]
Fishermen who catch prawns in the Vallai lagoon located between Point Pedro and Valigamam complained Monday that the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) stationed in the area regularly steal their catch and also has made fishing difficult by installing concertina fences in key areas in the lagoon, sources in Jaffna said. The prawn fishermen have registered complaints with the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) and the Vadamaradchy Fisheries consortium.

In the complaint fishermen said SLA steals prawn worth nearly Rs 500-600 every day.

Meanwhile SLA soldiers are constructing additional sentry points in Mantkadu, Potpathi, Kudathanai in Vadamaradchy area, local residents said.


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