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* Sri Lanka Navy arrests 22 Indian fishermen poaching in northern seas
Sun, Dec 29, 2013, 01:06 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 29, Colombo: Sri Lankan Navy personnel have arrested another 22 Tamil Nadu fishermen today for allegedly poaching in Sri Lankan waters and seized their six boats, according to fisheries officials from Tamil Nadu state of India.

Sri Lankan Naval personnel this morning have arrested the fishermen from Jagadapattinam in Pudukottai District of Tamil Nadu for fishing in the Palk Strait.

The fishermen have reportedly been taken to Kankasanthurai Harbor to hand them over to authorities.

The Indian fishery officials have said that the Sri Lankan naval men have chased away another group of fishermen fishing near the Katchatheevu islet. The fishermen have alleged the naval men of snapping their fishing nets before they were chased away.

According to Indian officials, Sri Lanka has 227 Indian fishermen and 70 boats in custody.

Meanwhile, a delegation of fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry yesterday have met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and urged him to take measures to get the jailed fishermen released.

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