Sri Lankan Navy arrests 10 Indian fishermen

Ten Indian fishermen from Nagapattinam were on Thursday arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy when they were allegedly fishing near Neduntheevu in the island nation waters, a Fisheries Department official said.

A fast attack craft attached to the Northern Naval Command, on routine patrol, arrested the Indian fishermen and also seized their fishing trawler when they entered the Sri Lankan territorial waters north of Point Pedro Lighthouse last night, a Navy spokesperson said.

The fishermen from Akkarapettai in Nagaptattinam district were held on charges of poaching fish near Neduntheevu, Assistant Director of Fisheries Department, Gangadharan said.

They were taken to Kankesanthurai in the island nation along with their trawler, he added.

Earlier on November 7, four fishermen from Pudukottai district were arrested by the Lankan naval personnel for allegedly fishing off Neduntheevu.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami has taken up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the issue of alleged firing on two fishermen by the Indian Coast Guard and sought his intervention to avoid recurrence of such incidents.