Sept 06, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Friday ordered to further remand 41 Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu until September 20.
The fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy recently for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and entering into Sri Lankan waters for poaching.
Mannar Magistrate Anandhi Kanagaratnam extended the remand when the 41 Indian fishermen arrested in two occasions were produced before her today.
Sri Lankan Navy arrested 21 fishermen on July 5 and the others on August 3.
The fishermen are jailed in the Vavuniya prison.
Another Sri Lankan court yesterday released 34 Indian fishermen after the pleaded guilty to the charges of transgressing into the island's waters.
Point Pedro Magistrate in Jaffna released the 34 Indian fishermen who were remanded for 36 days.
Sri Lanka recently changed its policy on the Indian fishermen invading country's waters. Instead of the earlier method of 'catch and release' now the poaching fishermen will be detained and produced in court. The fishermen will be released after they plead guilty and their boats will be confiscated.
The authorities had taken this decision to deter the continuous invasion of Sri Lankan waters by Tamil Nadu fishermen.