The Sri Lankan navy in Thursday apprehended 16 Indian fishermen and three boats from Needuntheevu island in the Palk Strait region. The island, also known as Delft island, is situated in northern Sri Lanka.
The fishermen have been apprehended for crossing International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and entering the Sri Lankan waters.
Earlier on Sunday, the Lankan Coast Guard with help of navy had captured four fishermen from the same area. The incidences of Indian fishermen entering Sri Lankan waters is a common occurrence.
- Seven Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy
- Tamil Nadu fishermen chased away, fishing nets snapped by Sri Lankan Navy
- Sri Lanka releases 69 Tamil Nadu fishermen
- Four Indian Fishermen Arrested By Sri Lankan Navy
- Sri Lankan Navy arrests four Indian fishermen
- Navy ship saves TN fishermen chased by Lankan navy
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday seeking help for release for four other Indian fishermen who were apprehended on Thursday last week.