Colombo: Eight Indian fishermen were arrested on Thursday by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly fishing near Neduntheevu in the country’s northern territorial waters, the Sri Lankan Navy said in Colombo.
The Navy personnel, during a routine patrol onboard a fast gun boat and a fast attack craft attached to the Northern Naval Command, also seized two trawlers of the fishermen when they were illegally fishing in the north-west of the Delft Island.
The fishermen were brought to the naval base SLNS Uththara in Kankesanthurai and later handed over, along with trawlers, to the Assistant Fisheries Director of Jaffna for further legal action, the Navy said.
This is the third instance of Indian fishermen being arrested this month by the Sri Lankan Navy. Meanwhile, Assistant Director of Fisheries in Pudukottai, Tamil Nadu, Kumaresan said the fishermen belonged to Jagadapattinam in Pududottai district.
They were arrested while fishing off Neduntheevu by the Lankan naval men and taken to Kangesanthurai port there, he added.
According to President of the Rameswaram Fishermen Association, S Emerit, in another incident, the Sri Lankan authorities snapped the fishing nets of over 50 boats and chased away more than 1,500 fishermen from Rameswaram, who were fishing near Katchatheevu islet.