Jan 02, Rameswaram: The Sri Lanka Navy on Thursday arrested another 32 Indian fishermen while fishing in Gulf of Mannar Sea, Indian media reports said.
The fishermen of Mandapam were fishing in the sea near Dhanushkodi when they were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy personnel, officials of the Rameswaram Fishermen Organization told PTI.
The Navy personnel have also seized six mechanized boats of the fishermen, according to the report.
The Sri Lankan Navy men are also accused of damaging the fishing nets of the ten other boats and threatening the fishermen of about 50 boats not to fish in the area driving them away.
The Navy has arrested 40 Indian fishermen in last week alone and seized 9 vessels. Some of the seized Indian boats were fitted with GPS equipment, confirming that the Indian fishermen are deliberately poaching in Sri Lankan waters, the Navy said.
Meanwhile, a delegation of fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on December 28 and urged him to take measures to get the jailed fishermen released.
The fishermen on both sides are to meet on January 20 in Chennai to resolve the dispute over fishing rights in each other's territorial waters and the Indian government urged the fishermen to participate in the talks with all seriousness to come to a resolution.