Fishermen from two hamlets have been at loggerheads
Tension prevailed at Veerampattinam and Nalladu on Saturday after policemen from the Ariankuppam station fired in the air to avert a clash between groups of armed fishermen from the two villages.
The policemen started firing in the air when the fishermen of Veerampattinam started moving towards Nallavadu following reports of a clash in the sea.
Fishermen from the two hamlets have been at loggerheads for a long time over the use of purse seine nets and a territorial dispute over fishing rights.
The police said two fishermen sustained minor injuries in the clash in the sea. A huge contingent of the territorial police had been deployed in both villages to avoid escalation of tension.
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