Nov 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy said it has arrested eight Indian fishermen and seized their two trawlers yesterday for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and fishing in Sri Lankan territorial waters.
Naval personnel onboard a Fast Attack Craft attached to the Northern Naval Command on routine patrol apprehended the eight Indian fishermen along with their fishing trawlers for poaching in the Sri Lankan waters northeast of Katchatheevu and west of Delft Island on Saturday (18 November).
The arrested fishermen have been brought to the naval base SLNS Uttara in Kankasanthurai and subsequently handed over to the Assistant Fisheries Director of Jaffna for legal action. The seized trawlers and fishing gear were retained at SLNS Elara in Karainagar.
The Navy also arrested 10 Indian fishermen on 15th November another 8 fishermen earlier on 5th November.