Indian fishermen engage in illegal acts in SL waters - India

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 - 13:28

Indian Coast Guard today told the Madras High Court that Indian fishermen allegedly indulge in various illegal acts such as smuggling and trawling in Sri Lankan waters resulting in action by the Sri Lanka navy.

The ICG has told the court that it cannot take responsibility for the security of the fishermen if they entered Sri Lankan waters.

A counter-affidavit to this effect was filed by Indian Coast Guard Deputy Director General, on a contempt petition against officials for not "obeying" the earlier court orders on providing security for fishermen.

The affidavit said the Indian fishermen had never been attacked in Indian waters and that neither the Coast Guard nor Navy permitted any of the Sri Lankan vessels to come to Indian territory.

Similarly, the Sri Lankan Navy had reported to the Indian High Commission 36,865 instances of Indian fishermen poaching in the island waters.

The top coast guard official said Indian fishermen, having found high commercial value shrimps and prawn in the Palk Bay, introduced trawling in the area, despite a ban by Lankan government for environmental reason, while the Lankan fishermen used only traditional fishing methods.

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