Aug 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy in two separate incidents has arrested 49 Indian fishermen along with 12 mechanized boats for trespassing into Sri Lankan territorial waters and engaging in illegal fishing.
A Fast Attack Craft (FAC) attached to the Northern Naval Command and Sir Lanka Coast Guard whilst on routine patrol, have arrested 49 Indian fishermen and impounded 12 fishing trawlers Monday night and this morning.
Two of these fishing trawlers were impounded in the waters northwest of the Delft Island and the rest were taken into custody in the seas north of Kovilan Point.
The seized trawlers and fishing gear have been brought to the naval base SLNS Elara in Karainagar while the fishermen have been brought to SLNS Uththara in Kankasanthurai.
The fishermen will be handed over to the Assistant Fisheries Director in Jaffna for further legal action.