Thursday, 13 February 2014 - 12:45
141 Indian fishermen arrested after the discussions
29 Indian fishermen who breached the Sri Lankan maritime boundary have been arrested and 7 vessels have been seized by the Navy last night.
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According to Navy Spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya, they have been arrested near Delft Island.
The arrested fishermen have been brought to Kankasanthure harbour and have been handed over to the Jaffna Fisheries Inspector.
The Navy Spokesman said that 141 Indian fishermen were arrested for encroaching into Sri Lankan waters after the Indo Lanka Fishermen talks.
The Navy Spokesman also said that Tamil Nadu fishermen breached the agreement which came to effect after the recent discussions between the authorities of India and Sri Lanka.
Indian authorities agreed to prevent its fishermen from violating the maritime boarders to enter Sri Lankan waters during the discussions held on the 10th of last month.
The Navy spokesman also said that India agreed to refrain from fishing in Palk Strait for a month and not to use prohibited fishing gear as well.
He said that Sri Lankan Navy is compelled to arrest Indian fishermen those who breach the agreement and still encroaching into Sri Lankan waters.
Our news team contacted the Indo Lanka fishermen federation’s convener and participant in the discussions S.B. Anthony muttu.
He said that the agreement signed by authorities of both countries during the recent discussions have been violated by Indian fishermen.