New Delhi, June 24: The Sri Lankan Navy today arrested 8 fishermen off the coast of Tamil Nadu's Nagapattinam for allegedly entering into Sri Lankan territorial waters. The Lankan Navy also seized a boat used by the fishermen near Paruthithurai at the Bay of Bengal Sea.
The Joint Director of fisheries department, Nagapattinam district, Amala Xavier, said the fishermen using mechanised fishing boat, were arrested on charges of alleged violation of the International Maritime Boundary Line and fishing in the exclusive zone meant for Lankan fishermen.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami had on June 22 sought Prime Minister Narendra Modis intervention to secure the release of 20 fishermen from the state and 137 boats, allegedly apprehended by Sri Lankan Navy.
Earlier, four Tamil Nadu fishermen were arrested for entering into Sri Lanka's territorial waters on June 22. Further details are awaited. As many as 22 fishermen from the state have been arrested by Sri Lankan authorities since the ban on fishing ended on June 15, fisheries department officials said.