Sri Lankan navy arrested 19 Indian fishermen for poaching in Sri Lankan waters, a navy spokesman said Thursday.
Navy spokesman Kosala Warnakulasuriya said that the fishermen were arrested off the northern seas of Mannar overnight and four boats used by the fishermen were seized following the arrest.
The move came just days after the cancellation of second round of talks between Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen in Colombo.
Last week, the navy arrested 75 Indian fishermen and seized their boats after they had entered Sri Lankan waters illegally.
Sri Lanka had released 140 fishermen from the southern Tamil Nadu State to facilitate the proposed talks between fishermen's representatives and officials of the two countries in efforts to solve the dispute arising out of fishing in the Palk Straits.
But the talks scheduled for this week were canceled after Tamil Nadu insisted that the 75 fishermen must be released first.
Fisheries Ministry spokesman Narendra Rajapaksa said that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha Jeyaram had demanded the release of Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody for the Colombo talks to take place.
He said the government had maintained that only the local court would decide what to do with the Indians as they had violated maritime laws by poaching in Sri Lankan waters.
While the first round of talks between Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen took place in India in January this year, the Colombo talks were originally scheduled for March 13 but had to be postponed after Jayalalitha made a similar demand even then.