16 Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested in Sri Lanka by Navy


Sri Lanka: Sixteen fishermen were arrested by Sri Lankan naval personnel on Thursday while they were fishing near Katchatheevu.

The number have now been increased and gone up to 44 since July 3.

The Lankan Navy surrounded the fishermen, who put to sea from here and snapped 50 fishing nets of some boats last night, said Fisheries Department Assistant Director K D Gopinath.

The accused have been taken to Kangesanthurai along with their three boats.

Rameswaram fishermen’s association president, P Sesuraja said, “About 580 fishing boats had ventured into the sea on Wednesday but the catch was poor due to the attack by the Lankan personnel.”

On Wednesday, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa ordered Prime Minister Narendra Modi and requested him to take strict steps to protect the release of 80 Indian fishermen and 101 boats seized by the Lankan Navy.

17 fishermen were arrested on July 5 for fishing in Lankan territorial waters, while six fishermen from Pamban in Ramanathapuram district were arrested the previous day. Five fishermen were arrested on Sunday.