Source: News Bharati English09 Aug 2016 13:01:33
Pudukkotai, August 9: Four fishermen from India was arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy on Tuesday from Naina Island for alleged encroachment of Lankan waters. The navy personnel also siezed the boats they used while poaching along the borders.
Both countries have been trying to solve the issue of fishermen through regular consultations. A delegation of fishermen from Sri Lanka will be visiting India in coming days followed by visit of country’s Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera to New Delhi later this month to arrive at a permanent solution to the issue. Minister of External affairs Sushma Swaraj also reviewed the situation in a meeting last month with all stake holders.
All four of the fishermen belonged to Pudukkotai in Tamil Nadu according to the reports. The fishermen have been handed over to fisheries department in Jaffna for further legal action. The latest arrests are the first after release of 77 fishermen from Sri Lankan prisons late last month. Sri Lanka released 77 Indian fishermen, who were arrested by the navy for poaching, from custody on 28th July and the Navy assisted the repatriation of the released fishermen.