Aug 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has arrested 27 Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu and seized their four boats yesterday for allegedly breaching the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and poaching in Sri Lankan waters.
Naval personnel on a Fast Gun boat attached to the Northern Naval Command arrested the 27 fishermen in for dhows illegally fishing in Sri Lankan territorial waters in northern seas near Delft Island on Friday (August 10).
The arrested fishermen along with their dhows and fishing gear have been brought to the naval base SLNS Elara in Karainagar. They will be handed over to the Jaffna Assistant Director of Fisheries for onward legal action, the Navy said.
Subsequently, the Indian fishers and their dhows were brought to the naval base SLNS Elara today and the apprehended fishermen were examined for a medical test before they were handed over to the Jaffna Assistant Director of Fisheries through the Sri Lanka Coast Guard, for onward action, the Navy Media Unit said.