Aug 26, Kalpitiya: Sri Lankan Navy personnel have arrested 35 Tamil Nadu fishermen on Monday (26) for allegedly poaching in Sri Lankan waters and seized their four boats.
The Navy said a naval patrol craft attached to the North Western Naval Command arrested the 35 Indian fishermen a in four Indian fishing boats engaged in illegal fishing in the seas north of Kalpitiya.
The Navy has taken measures to hand over the arrested fishermen and the boats to Kalpitiya Police for legal action, the Navy said.
As many as 106 Tamil Nadu fishermen are jailed in Sri Lankan prisons for crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line and fishing in the country's territorial waters.
Sri Lanka says Indian fishermen, taking advantage of Sri Lanka's procedure of releasing them after mediation by the Indian High Commission office, are deliberately indulge in illegal fishing.
To deter the invading fishermen in future Sri Lanka will not release the seized boats to the owners, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister Rajitha Senaratne said.