Sri Lanka Navy detained 16 Indian fishermen for illegal fishing

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COLOMBO/RAMESWARAM: Nearly 16 Indian fishermen have been detained by Sri Lankan Navy for illegal fishing near Katchatheevu island on Wednesday.

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Soon after the arrest, they were moved to Assistant Director of Fisheries for legal deed in Jaffna, reports said.

Over 2,500 fishermen belonging from Tamil Nadu undertook risk and performed illegal fishing into the sea on Tuesday.

They were angling Katchatheevu when the Sri Lankan naval workers reached to the island and seized fishing nets of 100 boats ahead of trailing them away, Assistant Director of Fisheries Department, Mandapam, Gopinath asserted.

Criticizing the repeated detain of Indian fishermen, Rameswaram Fishermen Association President, P Sesuraja directed the Centre to interfere and assist them cast a line in the traditional waters in Palk Strait.

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Prior, Nearly 13 Tamil Nadu fishermen were detained by the Sri Lankan Navy on January 4 while more than 4,000 Tamil Nadu fishermen were caught by the Navy personnel on January 7 as they were found doing illegal fishing in the territorial waters off Katchatheevu island. More than 3,500 fishermen were caught on January 9.

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