Sri Lankan navy arrested 11 Indian fishermen
Authorities on Sunday said that at least 11 Indian fishermen along with their trawlers have been detained by the Sri Lankan Navy.
According to media reports, the fishermen from Tamil Nadu were arrested yesterday while fishing near Sri Lanka’s Neduntheevu island.
The navy said the fishermen were found illegally fishing in Sri Lankan waters northwest off the coast of Jaffna’s Delft islet, according to PTI report.
The report added that around 3,500 fishermen in 634 boats had set out to sea from Rameswaram on Saturday night.
The fishermen were detained and taken to Kangesanthurai Port along with their two boats, Tamil Nadu police and state Mechanised Boat Fishermen Association leader P Sesuraja said.
The said the Sri Lankan naval men also chased away hundreds of other fishermen by allegedly pelting bottles and stones and warning through public address system.
On November 4, India and Sri Lanka decided to set up a Joint Working Group (JWG) on Fisheries to meet every three months and hold a meeting between the Ministers for Fisheries every six months during extensive ministerial-level talks in New Delhi on possible mechanisms to find a permanent solution to the emotive issue of fishermen.