Lankan Navy arrests eight Indian fishermen; yet another arrest recently
The Sri Lankan Navy has arrested eight Indian fishermen for allegedly fishing near country’s northern territorial waters.
This was confirmed by the Sri Lankan Navy. The arrests came during a routine patrol onboard a fast gun boat and a fast attack craft attached to the Northern Naval Command.
The Lankan Navy also seized two trawlers of the fishermen when they were illegally fishing in the north-west of the Delft Island.
The fishermen were brought to the naval base SLNS Uththara in Kankesanthurai and later handed over, along with trawlers, to the Assistant Fisheries Director of Jaffna for further legal action.
The arrest of Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy has become a flash point in India-Sri Lanka relations.
It was on January 4 that at least 13 Tamil Nadu fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy prompting Chief Minister K Palaniswami to urge Prime Minister Narendra Modi to secure their release. >