Sri Lankan Navy Detains Four Indian Fishermen, Fishing Dhow

Evrard Martin
Juillet 17, 2017

According to the Sri Lankan navy website, a fast attack craft attached to northern naval command arrested the four Indian fishermen while they were engaged in illegal fishing activities in Sri Lankan territorial waters about nine nautical miles North West off Kovilan coast on Sunday.

Fisheries officials said the country boat fishermen, hailing from Jagadapattinam coastal hamlet in Pudukottai district, were arrested by a Fast Attack Craft belonging to the Norther Naval Command of the Sri Lankan Navy, when they were fishing in high seas about nine nautical miles off North-West of Kovilan coast.

Post the arrest, fishermen were shifted to Kangesanthurai by the Lankan naval men along with their boat.

Earlier on July 9, three Indian fishermen apprehended by Sri Lankan Navy at Palk Strait and just 4 days later, on July 13, Lankan Navy had arrested seven fishermen from Mandapam. The Tamil Nadu government has maintained that the retrieval of Katchatheevu, an islet ceded to Sri Lanka in the 1970s, was the "only solution" to the vexed fishermen's issue.

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