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 patrol craft attached to the Northern Naval Command have arrested the fishermen from Jagadapattinam in Pudukottai District of Tamil Nadu for illegally fishing in the Northern seas off Delft Island.
The Navy said four of the boats were fitted with the GPS equipment which confirmed that the fishermen have purposely entered in to Sri Lanka's territorial waters for poaching.
The fishermen have been taken to Kankasanthurai Harbor and handed them over to the Fisheries Authorities in Jaffna.
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.