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* Indian Coast Guard arrests 5 Sri Lankan fishermen
Wed, Apr 30, 2014, 08:05 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 30, Paradip: Indian Coast Guard (ICG) today said it had apprehended 5 Sri Lankan fishermen and seized their fishing vessel today for trespassing into Indian waters.

The Coast Guard apprehended the Sri Lankan fishermen and the vessel containing a huge quantity of fish yesterday about 169 nautical miles off Paradip coast in Odisha.

According to ICG patrol ship 'Vajra' while on coastal security drill spotted the trespassing Sri Lankan vessel about 169 nautical miles off the Paradip coast fishing in Indian coastal waters of Bay of Bengal, close to the sea border of Bangladesh.

The seized vessel was fitted with medium-size radar, global positioning system (GPS) and communication gadgets for long range communication, the ICG has said.

The five Sri Lankan fishermen arrested for trespassing into Indian waters in violation of international maritime law have been handed over to Paradip Marine Police.

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