86 Indian fishermen arrested
February 27, 2015 10:30 am
A total of 86 Indian fishermen have been arrested and their 10 fishing boats seized by the Sri Lanka Navy for violating the maritime boundary line and poaching in Sri lankan waters, naval officials said on Friday.
They were arrested last night off the eastern coast of Mullaitivu, acting navy spokesman Commander Indika Silva said.
The Indian fishermen will be handed over to the police at the port city of Trincomalee.
Sri Lankan fishermen have been complaining that since the advent of new government in Sri Lanka, the number of Indian fishermen breaching the country’s waters for illegal fishing have been increasing.
The talks between Sri Lanka and India on the fishermen issue scheduled for March 5 have been postponed, Sri Lankan fisheries officials said.