Three Sri Lankan nationals have been detained following confiscation of a boat by Marine Police near Adam’s bridge on Sunday. The trio claimed that they had strayed into Indian waters while fishing. According to news agency PTI, Mandapam’s Marine police personnel were doing their routine patrol when they spotted the fibre glass boat with an outboard motor along with three people.
Police Sub-Inspector Jyoti Basu said the Sri Lankan nationals were spotted at the first sand dune near Arichalmunai, which is roughly nine kms from Dhanushkodi. The three reportedly claimed that they were fishermen from Thalaimannar in Sri Lanka. They were brought to Mandapam marine police station for further questioning.
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Earlier in October, Sri Lanka Naval personnel had allegedly attacked Tamil Nadu fishermen with stones along with destroying their fishing nets and sinking a mechanised boat. A Fishermen Association member claimed that the Lankan Naval personnel had cut fishing nets of almost 70 boats forcing over 2,000 Tamil Nadu fishermen to flee. A day earlier, five fishermen from Pudukottai were detained by Sri Lankan Naval personnel along with their boat.
Condemning the incident, Tamil Nadu Mechanised Fishermen Association President P Sesuraja had said, “When the Prime Ministers of the two countries are holding talks, the attack on Indian fishermen has taken place. It causes deep anguish. The two leaders should find a permanent solution to the recurring problem.” He also urged the two countries to find a permanent solution to the problem of fishing in the Palk Strait.