Sri Lankan navy detains 13 Indian fishermen

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MADURAI: The Sri Lankan navy arrested 13 Indian fishermen, hailing from Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, on charges of poaching in the territorial waters of the island nation on Sunday. Two trawlers used by the fishermen were seized by the Sri Lankan navy.
These fishermen and their trawlers were among several fishing trawlers which sailed from the Rameswaram jetty on a fishing expedition on Saturday.According to the Sri Lankan navy website, a fast attack craft attached to Northern Naval Command arrested these fishermen along with two trawlers while fishing in Sri Lankan waters, northeast of Katchatheevu, on Sunday morning.

The arrested fishermen were brought to naval base in Kankesanthurai while the fishing trawlers were taken to Kareinagar. The fishermen had been handed over to assistant fisheries director of Jaffna for onward legal action, the website observed.

Fishermen activist U Arulanandam of the Alliance for Release of Innocent Fishermen at Pamban said the detained fishermen hailed from Thangachimadam in Rameswaram.

“As of now, 84 fishermen including the ones arrested on Sunday are in Sri Lankan custody,” he said.

Meanwhile, 69 fishermen released by Sri Lanka are expected to reach Karaikal on Sunday evening. Indian Coast Guard ship Ameya received these fishermen from Sri Lankan navy ship Ranagaja and the country’s Coast Guard patrol vessel CG 404 at International Maritime Boundary Line on Sunday.

The Sri Lankan navy website said they were handed over to Indian Coast Guard vessel at IMBL. The previous batch of 20 Indian fishermen released by Sri Lanka arrived at Karaikal on Friday.

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