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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2340

Navy arrests 23 Indian fishermen for poaching in Sri Lankan territorial waters

Colombo, 13 December, (Asiantribune.com):

Sri Lanka Navy confirms that a Fast Attack Craft attached to the Northern Naval Command has arrested 23 Indian fishermen along with 05 trawlers for engaging in illegal fishing in the Sri Lankan territorial waters north and northwest of Delft Island last night (11 December).

In the meantime Sri Lankan media outlets have reported based on India media reports that “Twenty-seven Tamil Nadu fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly fishing in their territorial waters early today, an official said.”

The spokesman for the Sri Lankan Navy when contacted for clarification confirmed that they have only arrested 23 Indian Fishermen involved in illegal fishing in Sri Lankan waters on 11th December.

Five fishing trawlers, belonging to the Indian fishermen were also taken into custody.

The fishermen were arrested north and northwest of Delft Island, the spokesman added.

“The arrested fishermen were brought to the naval base SLNS Uththara in Kankesanthurai. Meanwhile, the trawlers had been taken to SLNS Elara in Kareinagar. They were handed over to the Assistant Fisheries Director of Jaffna for onward legal action,” the navy said

In the meantime, according to Indian media, fishermen from Jegadapattinam and Kottaipattinam in Pudukottai district were arrested off Neduntheevu by the Sri Lankan Navy and taken to Kangesanthurai port there along with five boats, Assistant Director of Fisheries department, Pudukottai, Kumaresan said.

In another incident, nearly 3,000 fishermen who had ventured into the sea last evening in 500 boats from here were chased away by the Sri Lankan Naval personnel while they were fishing near Katchatheevu islet, Rameswaram Fishermen Association President S Emerit said.

The naval men came to the spot and opened fire in the air to drive off the large group of fishermen before damaging their fishing equipment, he said.

The fishermen were forced to return to the shore without a catch, he said.

- Asian Tribune -

Arrested Indian fishermen
Arrested Indian fishing trawlers
A large quantity of fish catch found in the arrested Indian trawlers
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