Sri Lankan Navy Arrests 7 Indian Fishermen


Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has arrested seven Indian fishermen along with their trawler for allegedly poaching in Sri Lankan waters, the Navy said in Colombo today.

Seven Indian fishermen were arrested yesterday by the Navy and the Sri Lankan Coast Guards northwest of Talaimannar in northern Sri Lanka. The arrested fishermen were handed over to the Mannar Fisheries Inspector for further action, the Navy said in a statement. The arrest came on the first day of fishermen resuming their work after the end of a 45-day-long annual fish breeding season ban on fishing using mechanised boats.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, during his visit to India on May 13, had discussed the issue of problems faced by Indian fishermen in his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.