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32 Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy

Indian fishermen had gone against the January bilateral fishing that led to arrest of them.

Colombo | Published: March 4, 2014 10:02:39 am
Sri Lankan navy on Monday arrested 32 Indian fishermen  for allegedly entering its waters (PTI) Sri Lankan navy on Monday arrested  Indian fishermen for allegedly entering country’s waters.  (PTI)

At least 32 Indian fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly poaching in the country’s waters off the coast of the Delft islet in Jaffna.

Their eight trawlers were seized  on Monday, a Naval spokesman said. The fishermen were being taken to the port of Kankesanturai to be handed over to the fisheries surveillance officials, the spokesman added.

Commenting on the arrest, fisheries ministry spokesman Narendra Rajapaksa said the Indian fishermen had violated accord reached during January’s bilateral fishing talks to stop bottom trawling.

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