4 Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy for alleged poaching


Sri Lanka: At Least four Indian fishermen were detained by Sri Lankan Navy on Sunday for illegally poaching in their territorial waters. As per the reports, they were arrested by Fast Attack Craft of the Northern Naval Command of Colombo near Kovilan.

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The Sri Lankan Navy has detained Indian fishermen and have taken boat into its custody.

After the capture, all the the fishermen were taken to the SLNS Elara, naval base. They will be surrendered to the Jaffna Assistant Fisheries Director for additional lawful step.

Nearly 7 Indian fishermen were detained by the SriLankan Navy on June 13 for allegedly poaching in their territorial waters near Rameswaram at Neduntheevu Island.

On July 12, Two Fast Attack Craft captured 7 Indian fishermen and their two boats for crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and their involvement in Sri Lankan territorial waters at about 12.5 Nm and 9.5 Nm off Northwest of Delft Island.

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Few days back, a bill was passed by Sri Lanka the permits the authorities to detain fishermen for two years and fine Rs. 50,000 for illegall bottom trawling.