Sri Lankan Navy Arrests 24 Fishermen


Colombo: Sri Lankan navy on Tuesday arrested Twenty Four fishermen from Lankan waters near Katchatheevu in the Palk Straits. Some others chased away for allegedly fishing.

More than 3,000 fishermen in 600 boats had put out to sea from Lanka on Monday night. The Lankan navy came in 10 patrol boats and sea bike and arrested 24 of them. On October 10, the navy personnel had arrested 19 fishermen from Nagapattinam district on charges of violating the International Maritime Boundary Line.

Emirite said the livelihood of fishermen would be hit hard if the Sri Lankan navy continued the arrests besides threatening them while fishing in traditional waters. He also wanted the Centre and state governments to take necessary steps to prevent such incidents.