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Arrest of Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy
Indian fishermen ( Representational image)
Mr.G.Chandrasekar Sep 15 2023 Marine News

Arrest of Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy

17 Indian fishermen sailing in three boats were apprehended by the Sri Lankan navy on September 13th midnight for alleged violation of international Maritime boundary line and fishing in the Island nation’s waters off Delft islands near Jaffna peninsula

The fishermen were taken to Kankesanthurai Port for further action

About 500 boats from Rameswaram had ventured into the sea on September 13th night.  Sources said a few of them, who were involved in fishing activities, were chased off by the Sri Lankan Navy during the night hours. Three boats which carried 17 fishermen were captured for allegedly violating the IMBL

Sri Lanka Navy conducted a special operation to chase away Indian poaching trawlers from Sri Lankan waters on the evening of 13 September 2023. Northern Naval Command deployed Fast Attack Craft of the 04th Fast Attack Flotilla to chase away a cluster of Indian poaching trawlers, after having spotted they were engaging in illegal fishing in Sri Lankan waters off the Kakarathivu Island and Kovilan Lighthouse on 13th September. In this operation, the Navy held 3 Indian poaching trawlers that continued to remain in island waters, with 17 Indian fishers aboard. The 3 poaching trawlers together with 17 Indian fishermen were brought to the port of Kankasanthurei and they will be handed over to the Fisheries Inspector of Mailadi for onward legal proceedings.

Sri Lanka Navy has seized 17 Indian poaching trawlers and apprehended 110 Indian fishermen thus far in 2023. Following these apprehensions, the poaching trawlers and fishermen have been handed over to relevant authorities for legal action.

Fishermen association leader from Rameswaram Emerald said that though action towards releasing the fishermen is being taken no action was taken to retrieve the boars in the past couple of years. This left boat owners in massive debt and leaves fishers without work. Fishermen association demands the union government to take action to retrieve the boats and also to host meetings with the Sri Lankan authorities to solve the Katchatheevu issues so that fishermen from both countries can fish peacefully.