Lankan Navy apprehends four Indian fishermen from Palk Strait

Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu), April. 5 (ANI): The Sri Lankan Navy on Tuesday apprehended four Indian fishermen along with their boats near Palk Strait, a stretch of land between India and the island nation, for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and fishing in their territory.

The Lankan authorities have taken the fishermen to Kankesanthurai Naval camp to initiate legal action against them.

On March 20, the Sri Lankan authorities had apprehended two Nagapattinam fishermen and also seized a country boat from them at the Bay of Bengal. The Lankan authorities later claimed that they also recovered 6.5 kg of Marijuana from the arrested fishermen.

On March 13, the Sri Lankan Navy personnel arrested 28 Indian fishermen and seized one mechanised boat and two country boats from them.

Sri Lankan Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Mahinda Amaraweera had earlier instructed the island’s Navy and the Coast Guard to take tough action against the fishermen, who are using illegal fishing practices.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had last month written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take action with regard to repeated arrests of Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy, and expressed concern over the Centre’s inadequate response in the matter.

In a strongly worded letter, she said that the continuous detention of Tamil fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy is causing a deep sense of anger amongst the fishermen community, adding that their right to livelihood of fishing in their traditional waters of the Palk Bay is being infringed upon repeatedly by Sri Lanka. (ANI)

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