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Sinhala fishermen assault Tamil government officials


The site of the attack in Kokkuthoduvai village, Mullatitivu

A group of Sinhala fishermen assaulted Tamil government officials in Mullaitivu on Sunday.

The Grama Sevaka officers were visiting Kokkuthoduvai village when the Sinhala fishermen, who have reportedly been settled in the area under a controversial settlement scheme, attacked the officials.

The Tamil officials were then handed over to the Sri Lankan military, which proceeded to confiscate their identity cards and keep them under detention.

The Sri Lankan army has long been accused of unfairly aiding Sinhala fishermen, allowing them to fish in restricted areas.

See more in our recent post: Sri Lanka relaunches controversial Sinhala settlement scheme in North-East (11 Apr 2016)

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