Oct 11, Ramanathapuram: An Indian court today remanded the 26 Sri Lankan fishermen, arrested by Indian Coast Guard Thursday for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line and fishing in Indian territorial waters.
The Indian Coast Guard arrested the Sri Lankan fishermen along with their four boats when they were fishing in the Indian waters off Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu.
The fishermen were produced before a court in Ramanathapuram today and the judge has ordered to remand them until October 25.
The fishermen had been ordered to be lodged at Palayamkottai Central Prison in Tamil Nadu state, PTI reported.
Meanwhile the court has also extended the remand of another five Sri Lankan fishermen, arrested on September 17 while fishing in the Indian waters south of Thoothukudi till, October 25.
Those five fishermen also have been ordered to be moved to the Palayamkottai prison.
Sri Lanka Navy frequently arrests the Tamil Nadu fishermen, who they say entering the Sri Lankan waters to fish illegally.
India yesterday said it is considering a new mechanism to deal with the inadvertently trespassing fishermen into each other's countries.