A group of Indian poachers have assaulted 6 Sri Lankan fishermen while they were engaged in deep sea fishing within Sri Lankan maritime waters off Kankasanturai.
Police stated that the Indian poachers approached in two fishing boats on Sunday with the intention of attacking and robbing the catch and the fishing gear.
Police said the value of the catch and the fishing gear amounts to approximately 1.7 million rupees.
The Sri Lankan fishermen who are from Hambantota have filed a complaint with Kankasanturai police.
In addition, the Fisheries Ministry reported another similar assault by a group of Indian poachers.
One fisherman has been reported missing in that incident.
Meanwhile fishermen in the North staged a protest against the Indian fishing encroachers and handed over a letter of protest yesterday to the Jaffna based Consular office of the Indian High Commission.
Responding to the protesters, India’s Assistant High Commissioner in Jaffna, A. Natarajan stated that his government has taken several steps to prevent Indian fishermen from encroaching into Sri Lankan waters.
consequent to such measures, poaching by Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan maritime waters has declined significantly.