Sri Lankan naval agencies apprehended 19 Indian fishermen and two boats from Nagapattinam on Friday night on charges of poaching in their territorial waters. The vessels held are multi-day fishing boats, according to sources in the fishing community.
The Sri Lankan navy has said it assisted the coast guard in apprehending the two fishing boats, each eight to nine nautical miles east of Point Pedro and Vettalakerni coast on October 9. The detained fishermen were handed over to fisheries and aquatic resources department at Kankesanthurai, the Lankan navy said on its website.
With this detention, the Sri Lankan naval agencies have arrested 54 Indian fishermen from Nagapattinam, Pudukottai and Ramanthapuram districts over the past month. “The arrested fishermen are to be taken to Point Pedro court for prosecution”, said U Arulanandam of the Alliance for Release of Innocent Fisehrmen.