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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2529

Sri Lanka Navy Arrested 16 Indian Fishermen

Jaffna, 16 January, (

The Sri Lankan Navy on Tuesday, 15th January, arrested 16 Indian fishermen along with 4 fishing trawlers for engaging in illegal fishing activities in Sri Lankan territorial waters.

.The fishermen were apprehended in the seas northwest of Delft Island and northeast of the Kachchativu Island, in Sri Lanka's north, by Fast Attack Craft attached to the Northern Naval Command of Sri Lanka.

The seized trawlers were retained at SLNS Elara in Karainagar.

Meanwhile in Rameswaram, a fisheries department official said that more than 2,500 fishermen, from Mandapam and Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, had ventured into the sea yesterday.

They were fishing off Katchatheevu when the Lankan naval personnel came to the spot and snapped the fishing nets of 100 boats before chasing them away, Assistant Director of Fisheries Department, Mandapam, Gopinath said.

Condemning the frequent arrest of Indian fishermen, Rameswaram Fishermen Association President, P Sesuraja asked the Centre to intervene and help them fish in the traditional waters in Palk Strait.

In the meantime, Sri Lankan government has repeatedly warned that Indian fishermen trespassing into Sri Lankan waters to fish illegally will be arrested and their boats will be taken into custody.

Sri Lanka and Indian fishermen often face arrests when they enter each other's territorial waters illegally with both countries attempting to find a lasting solution to the fishing dispute,

- Asian Tribune -

Arrested Indian Fishermen
The Four Indian Fishermen's trawlers.
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