Saturday, 12 July 2014 - 19:18
41 Sri Lankan fishermen fined 3.2 million by India authorities.
The Alliance for the Release of Innocent Fishermen has taken exception to a judicial magistrate court at Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh levying a fine of 1.5 million on 41 Sri Lankan fishermen and eight boats while ordering their release.
ARIF president U. Arulanandham said the court passed the order on Wednesday, and the boat owners from Sri Lanka paid the fine on Thursday.
The court imposed a fine of 25,000 rupees each on 41 fishermen and 60,000 rupees each on eight trawlers.
The fishermen, mostly hailing from Matara, the southern tip of Sri Lanka, and a few from Trincomalee, were fishing in the high seas when the Indian Coast Guard apprehended them on May 9th for allegedly entering the Indian waters.
Arulanandham said It was shocking that the Kakinada court imposed the fine at a time when the Tamil Nadu government urged the Centre to prevail upon Sri Lanka to release the 45 boats it had detained.
Yesterday, the Mannar court ordered the release of 37 Rameswaram fishermen — 17 arrested on June 29th with three boats and 20 arrested on July 6th with four boats by the Sri Lankan Navy on the charge of poaching.