July 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy on Thursday has arrested 12 fishermen from India's Tamil Nadu state for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and fishing in Sri Lankan waters.
Two mechanized boats used by the fishermen were also seized, an Indian fisheries department official said has said.
According to a PTI report, nearly 3,000 fishermen from Ramanathapuram had ventured into the sea on July 4 and were fishing near Karainagar in the Sri Lankan waters early on July 5 morning, when the Sri Lankan naval personnel came to the spot and rounded up two boats.
While those in other boats managed to escape, 12 fishermen were arrested and taken to Kankasanthurai port along with their boats, the official said.
The fishermen were charged with poaching fish in their territorial waters using the banned fishing net, he added.
This is the first incident of arrest after the fishing ban period ended on June 14.
On June 28, more than 2,500 fishermen from this island town were allegedly chased away by the Sri Lankan Navy while they were fishing near Katchatheevu.