Sept 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy said it has arrested nine Indian fishermen and seized their two trawlers this morning for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and fishing in Sri Lankan waters.
Naval personnel onboard SLNS Ranawickrama, Ranajaya and Edithara II, on patrol at the IMBL in the seas off north, made the apprehensions about 13.6 and 10.7 nautical miles northwest of Delft Lighthouse.
The arrested fishermen, trawlers and other fishing gear have been taken to SLNS Elara in Karainagar. They will be handed over to the Assistant Fisheries Director of Jaffna for onward legal action.
Last week, the Sri Lankan navy arrested 12 Indian fishermen from the coastal town of Rameswaram for allegedly crossing the international maritime boundary line. The fishermen were produced in court and were remanded until September 26.