Chennai, December 21: Sri Lankan navy on Tuesday night arrested 12 Indian fishermen for allegedly fishing in their territorial waters. Like to tell you that, all the fishermen basically belonged to Tamil Nadu. Whereas, on Tuesday itself other seven fishermen from Pudukottai district were detained for allegedly fishing in their waters and taken to Kangesanthurai Port, along with their boats.
Three groups of fishermen from Pamban near here were arrested by the naval men for fishing off Thalaimannar and were detained at the police station there, fisheries department officials said on Wednesday.
Whereas, Rameswaram Fisheries Department Assistant Director, Gopinath said that around twenty fishers who had set out for fishing from Pamban in two mechanised boats and a country boat were rounded up by the Lankan authorities while they were fishing in the south sea using the banned fishing nets.
Interestingly, the arrest comes a day after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam asked the Centre to send a "firm message" to the island nation over continued apprehension of the state's fishermen. In his letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Panneerselvam had said that a permanent solution to the fishermen's issue would be in restoring India's sovereignty over Katchatheevu islet.
On the other side, Sri Lankan authority has also confirmed about the detainment of 20 fishermen for allegedly fishing in their territorial waters. Sri Lankan naval spokesman, Capt.Akram Alavi said, “The fishermen had come in a trawler and a country boat.” The boats have been seized and the arrested fishermen handed over to the Fisheries Department for legal action, he added.
Meanwhile, the seven fishermen seized off Delft Island on Tuesday were produced in court at Kankesanthurai and remanded till January 3, Capt.Akram Alavi said. He also said that the the number of fishermen from Tamil Nadu poaching in Sri Lankan waters had dwindled but is increasing now, despite the threat of arrest and impounding of boats.
Like to tell you that, Sri Lankan navy has arrested hundreds of Indian fishermen but later they were freed by them. Still 152 boats and 19 Tamil Nadu fishermen are currently in custody in Sri Lanka.