A tense situation erupted during a protest in Kurunyunpitiya on Puttalam- Kalpitiya road this morning.
Police said that the STF had to be called on to contain the situation.
A group of fishermen were protesting against the use of Laila nets.
However a clash developed after the residents of the village objected to the protest being held, complaining that the entry to the village was being blocked.
Meanwhile, Puttalam Magistrate issued a ruling against blocking Puttalam road today.