Sri Lanka Navy personnel Monday arrested 30 Indian fishermen and seized eight boats when they were allegedly fishing in the country`s territorial waters.
A Naval craft attached to the Northern Naval Command on routine patrol arrested the 30 Indian fishermen along with their eight trawlers engaged in bottom trawling in the seas off Delft on 03rd February 2014.
The arrested fishermen and trawlers have been handed over to the officials of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Jaffna for legal action.
The Indian fishermen have entered Sri Lanka`s waters defying a recent agreement reached between the fishermen associations of India and Sri Lanka not to invade each other`s waters.
Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa said the continuing arrests of Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy would undermine all the confidence and goodwill the two countries are attempting to build in addressing the fishermen`s issue.