Source: News Bharati English07 Jul 2016 13:24:46

Kachatheevu, July 7: Sri Lankan Navy arrested 16 fishermen and confiscated 3 boats from Tamil Nadu on charges of poaching in Sri Lankan waters near Kachatheevu islands on Wednesday. They were fishing near Katchatheevu, which also known as Delfts island.  The Fisheries Department officials informed that this was the fourth similar incident in this week.
K D Gopinath, Fisheries Department Assistant Director said that the Lankan Navy surrounded the fishermen, who put to sea from here and snapped 50 fishing nets of some boats last night. The arrested fishermen and their three boats were taken to Kangesanthurai. They also pelted stones forcing other fishermen to retreat.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to intervene and secure the immediate release of the Tamil fishermen and their fishing boats apprehended by Sri Lankan Navy. Fishermen from Tamil Nadu protested by standing waist deep in Sea in Rameswaram urging the immediate release of fellow fishermen from Lankan jail. She pointed out that a traditional right of fishing in Palk Bay is being denied for our fishermen as Sri Lankan Navy is apprehending them. The Lankan jail has captured 57 fishermen and 98 boats which are getting damaged over time.