Seven Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan navy


RAMESWARAM: Seven Tamil Nadu fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly fishing off Neduntheevu early on Tuesday.

As per the report, the incident occurred when the fishermen from this island town had ventured into the sea in over 500 boats and were fishing near Neduntheevu.

According to the report from the fishermen association, the naval personnel also drove away more than 2,000 fisherfolks, who were engaged in fishing in their territorial waters besides snapping the nets of more than 50 boats.

“A Sri Lankan Navy patrol team arrived at the spot and arrested seven fishers. They took them to Kangesanthurai port in the island nation along with their boat”, Rameswaram Fishermen Association President P Sesuraja alleged.

“The others were chased away following which all of them returned to the shore without a catch”, he added.

On July 28, seven fishermen from here were arrested by the Lankan naval authorities off Neduntheevu for allegedly fishing in the island nation's territorial waters.

On July 30, around 3,000 fishermen were allegedly driven away by the Sri Lankan navy while fishing near Katchatheevu.

India and Sri Lanka regularly arrest each other's fishermen, who inadvertently enter into their waters due to the absence of any proper technology to confirm the coastline border between Sri Lanka and India.

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