Sri Lanka Navy detains 7 Indian fishermen, 2 fishing trawlers

The Sri Lanka Navy apprehended seven Indian fishermen and confiscated their two mechanized boats on the alleged charges of violating the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and indulged in illegal poaching in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Island Nation in the early hours on Tuesday.

Preliminary reports quoting State fisheries department officials said, the incarcerated fishermen hailed from Jegadapattinam coastal hamlet in Pudukottai district.

The fishermen had set sail into the sea on a fishing expedition on Monday and were arrested by the Sri Lanka Naval Patrol Craft, while they were reportedly fishing near the Delft Island in the Palk Strait off Northern Sri Lanka.

The fishermen along with two fishing trawlers and fishing gears were taken to Kankesanthurai for onward legal action.

This is the third incidence of arrest of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lanka Navy after the beginning of new fishing season on June 15, subsequent to a 61-day annual fishing ban.

Earlier, the Sri Lanka Navy detained 12 fishermen hailing from Rameswaram along with two fishing boats on July 5 and again four fishermen of Mandapam in Ramanathapuram district on July 8. However, all the 16 fishermen were released by Oorkavalthurai (Kayts) Combined Court on July 13 with a warning not to violate the territorial waters of Lanka again, sans three fishing boats.


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