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* Indian Coast Guard arrests 82 Sri Lankan fishermen in last 10 days
Fri, Dec 6, 2013, 01:18 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Indian Coast Guard arrests 82 Sri Lankan fishermen in last 10 days

Dec 06, Chennai: Indian Coast Guard has arrested 82 Sri Lankan fishermen within the last ten days for allegedly fishing illegally in Indian waters, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

The Coast Guard has arrested 26 Sri Lankan fishermen over the past two days, the PTI report said.

The Indian Defence Ministry said the fishermen were detained off Krishnapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and the Puducherry coast on December 4 and 5 during coordinated operations conducted by Coast Guard ships ICGS Vishwast and ICGS Rajshree.

Five boats were also seized and handed over to the Tamil Nadu police.

The Coast Guard apprehended 22 Sri Lankan fishermen for allegedly fishing in Indian waters off Krishnapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and seized their four boats in a "sea-air coordinated operation" on November 23 and 24.

Families of arrested Sri Lankan fishermen complain that Sri Lanka is not taking effective measures to get their breadwinners released from Indian custody. They allege that Indian fishermen are released swiftly as compared to Sri Lankans due to the pressure from Indian authorities while Sri Lankan authorities are apathetic in getting their family members released.

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