Sri Lanka Navy on two separate occasions arrested 55 Indian fishermen along with their 8 trawlers for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary line and fishing in well within the country's waters.
In one occasion, Sri Lankan Navy personnel in a naval craft attached to the Northern Naval Command on routine patrol arrested the 25 Indian fishermen along with two fishing trawlers in the seas north of Point Pedro on September 10th.
Navy personnel while on routine patrol in a naval craft attached to the North Central Naval Command arrested 30 Indian fishermen along with six trawlers today when they were engaged in poaching in the seas off Thalaimannar.
The arrested fishermen were handed over to the officials of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Kankasanthurai and Thalaimannar respectively for further action, the Navy said.
The arrests come just few days after the Navy arrested six Indian fishermen on Monday for trespassing into the territorial waters off Mannar.