Thursday, 30 January 2014 - 10:22
Update : Another 38 Indian fishermen taken in to Navy custody
38 Indian fishermen who had violated the Sri Lankan Maritime Boundary have been arrested along with their 6 vessels.
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Speaking to our news team Navy Media Spokesperson Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya stated that these fishermen were arrested last night in the Northern Sea near the Delft Island.
This was the second group of fishermen that were arrested following the Indo – Sri Lanka fishing discussions.
A group of 25 Indian fishermen were arrested by the Navy on the 2nd off the coast of Mannar along with 5 vessels.
Subsequently these fishermen were remanded and acting Puttalam Magistrate Fazal Abuthahir issued an order for 15 of them to be released following instructions from the Attorney General.
However, a group of Sri Lankan fishing representatives met with their Tamil Nadu counterparts in Chennai last Monday and during discussions the Tamil Nadu fishermen had promised not to violate the Sri Lankan Maritime Boundary for at least a month.
However, deputy minister of fisheries Sarath Kumara Gunarathne stated that any Indian fishing vessel that violates the maritime boundary will be arrested.
Update : Thursday, 30 January 2014 - 1:06
Navy arrest 38 Indian fishermen.
Navy arrested 38 Indian fishermen for violating Sri lankan maritime boundary line.
The Navy stated that these fishermen were arrested near Delft islands last night.
Meanwhile the navy also seized 6 trawlers.