Dispute over fishing methods led to disappearance of Trincomalee fisherman?

Dispute over fishing methods led to disappearance of Trincomalee fisherman?

Dispute over fishing methods led to disappearance of Trincomalee fisherman?

Written by Staff Writer

25 Aug, 2015 | 9:24 pm

Tensions over fishing methods in the Trincomalee seas have led to an altercation resulting in a fisherman going missing.

Come Soon!
They are trying to kill me!
Get ready and come soon!

These text messages were sent by Alagarasa Thangaruben to his friends and family at around 02:10 on Monday morning. The mistakes in the text messages clearly indicate that he was under duress. He states that a group using illegal fishing methods were attempting to kill him.

The Trincomalee Harbour Police said that a complaint had been made over the disappearance of a fishermen who had set off to sea from Sallisambalthivu. Thangaruben had set off to sea in order to provide for his family which comprises of his mother, father and two brothers.

However, there is no trace of him as yet, despite a search being launched. Thangaruben’s vessel which named  DM 4320 is docked with the Trincomalee Harbour Police. Police say that investigations are underway over the tensions between both sides of the fishing community.

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