Tamil Diplomat

Four Indian fishermen detained by navy, boats seized

Four Indian fishermen were detained by the Sri Lankan navy near Naina Island on Tuesday morning.

There boats were also seized by the navy personnel. According to the report by news agency ANI, all of them belonged to Pudukkotai in Tamil Nadu.

The instances of Indian fishermen being apprehended by Sri Lankan navy are not new. Around 70 fishermen were arrested 101 boats seized in recent incidences.

Both India and Sri Lanka have been trying to resolve this issue for long. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held a high-level meeting on July 29 to discuss the problem with various stakeholders and find a permanent solution.

Prior to that, Sri Lankan authorities had said that they will consult their fishermen before taking a decision on proposals by India of granting access to Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan waters under certain conditions. (ANI)