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SL Navy Arrests Eight Indian Fishermen, Sinks Fishing Boat

Pudukottai: Sri Lankan Naval forces arrested eight Indian fishermen, impounded two fishing boats, sank an Indian fishing trawler, destroyed fishing nets and chased away several Indian boats in one of the most vicious attacks in the recent times on Indian fishermen in mid sea, at midnight on Wednesday.

Fisheries department officials said here this morning that more than 1,000 fishermen hailing from Kottaipattinam and Jagadhapattinam coastal hamlets in Pudukottai district had ventured into the sea for fishing activities yesterday morning.

When the fishermen were engaged in fishing, the Fast Attack Crafts attached to the Northern Naval Command and Sri Lanka Coast Guard arrested eight fishermen and impounded two fishing trawlers on the alleged charges of fishing in Sri Lankan territorial waters, about 14.9 nautical miles North-West of the Delft Island and 7.5 nautical miles North-West of Kovilan Point.

The arrested fishermen along with fishing trawlers were handed over to the Assistant Director of Fisheries, Jaffna for onward legal action.

With this, the Sri Lankan Navy has arrested 67 Indian fishermen and confiscated 12 trawlers since June 15, when the new fishing season began after the 61-day annual fishing ban.

Meanwhile, the fishermen alleged that the Sri Lankan Navy sank an Indian fishing trawler, after one of its Fast Attack Crafts rammed on it near the International Maritime Boundary Line.

The four crew of the sunken trawler were rescued by another fishing boat. However, fisheries officials could not confirm it.

In another incident, the Sri Lankan Naval Personnel allegedly attacked several Indian fishing boats and destroyed the fishing nets South-East of Kodiakkarai coast in Nagapattinam district. The fishermen were also forcibly chased away by the Lankan Navy.