Source: Agencies05 Jul 2016 19:29:08

Chennai, July 5: Sri Lankan Navy on Tuesday arrested seventeen Indian fishermen for allegedly fishing in Sri Lankan territorial waters. The fishermen belong to Nagapattinam of Tamil Nadu. “They set out for fishing in two mechanized boats and were arrested by Sri Lankan Navy off Neduntheevu” said, Nagapattinam Fisheries Joint Director Subburaj.

"Sri Lanka Navy assisted the Sri Lanka Coast Guard to arrest seventeen Indian fishermen along with 2 Indian fishing trawlers poaching in Sri Lankan waters, East of Point Pedro on Tuesday evening”, said a statement released by Sri Lankan Navy. The fishermen, along with their two mechanised boats, have been taken to Kangesanthurai in Sri Lanka. “The arrested fishermen along with the fishing trawlers will be handed over to the Jaffna Fisheries Inspectorate for onward action”, the statement added.

This is third such incident in last few weeks. On Monday, five more fishermen, who set out for fishing from Pamban in Ramanathapuram district, were arrested for allegedly trespassing into Sri Lankan territorial waters.

On July 3, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to take steps to secure the release of five fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy on the same day on charges of fishing in their territorial waters.