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* Sri Lanka Navy arrests 19 Indian fishermen for poaching, rescues 5 fishermen
Thu, Mar 27, 2014, 01:00 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 27, Thalaimannar: The Sri Lankan Navy on Thursday arrested 19 Indian fishermen for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary line and fishing in the country's waters, the Navy said.

The Navy said a naval craft attached to the North Central Naval Command on routine patrol arrested 19 Indian fishermen along with 4 fishing boats when they were poaching in the seas north of Mannar Wednesday (March 26).

The arrested fishermen and the trawlers were handed over to the officials of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Thalaimannar for legal action.

Meanwhile, the Navy has assisted five Indian fishermen whose fishing trawler had run-aground near Katchatheevu Island on Wednesday.

The rescued Indian fishermen have been handed over to Delft Police for further action.

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