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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2555

With police intelligence connivance, Indian Poachers straying in SL waters

By K.T.Rajasingham
Jaffna, 25 June, (

Indian poachers are coming… coming, to plunder Sri Lankan fish resources by adopting illegal ‘bottom trawling’ measures, despite Indian Government has already banned such fishing method and in the end, deprive the Sri Lankan Northern fishermen of their livelihood.

It is reported they are coming into Sri Lankan waters with the tacit approval and connivance of Tamil Nadu police intelligence – Q Branch sleuths.

On 24th, three incidents of arrest of Indian poachers were reported.

This had continuously happened on the 4th consecutive day and the Indian poachers are straying in Sri Lankan waters with almost as if though they enjoy some kind of impunity, and unmindful of the legal implications and the harm they are doing to the livelihood of Sri Lankan fishermen.

Yesterday, as the first incident, 6 India poachers and trawler were arrested in SL waters.

Sri Lankan Navy apprehended an Indian trawler including 6 poachers for IUU fishing in SL territorial waters 15 Nm off Talaimannar light, evening of 24th June.

Subsequently, two other Indian trawlers and 8 poachers, in one boat three poaching fishermen and in the other boat 5, were caught while poaching in Sri Lankan waters by Sri Lankan Navy patrol craft attached to Northern Naval command .

One of those two boats was arrested 12 Nautical miles north-east of Delft and other boat arrested 16 Nm east of Kovilam point.

These two boats and poachers were brought to Kankesanthurai harbor and handed over to the assistant director fisheries, Jaffna, for onward legal action.

In the meantime, two suspects were nabbed with 135 kg of Kerala Cannabis.

According to the Sri Lankan Naval media report, on receipt of an intelligence tip-off to the Navy, a group of naval personnel attached to the North Central Naval Command together with Mannar Narcotics Division, conducted a joint raid and apprehended two suspects with 135 kg of Kerala Cannabis yesterday evening (June, 24).

The suspects were apprehended while they were transferring the stock of cannabis by a Bolero Cab near Swamithottam Church in Talaimannar. The consignment had been stocked in 59 packages. The arrested suspects, vehicle and the stock of cannabis were handed over to the Mannar Police for onward investigations.

- Asian Tribune -

The Kerala Kanja found with two suspects
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