Sri Lankan Navy personnel arrested 21 Indian fishermen who were poaching in Sri Lankan waters, Navy spokesman said.
Naval troops attached to the North Central Naval Command arrested 21 Indian fishermen in 5 trawlers poaching in the Sri Lankan waters north of Mannar on July 6th.
The fishermen were handed over to Thalaimannar Police for legal action, the Navy said.
Meanwhile, the Navy last week had assisted in the repatriation of 9 Sri Lankan and 49 Indian fishermen.
An Indian Coast Guard Ship had handed over 9 Sri Lanka fishermen with their two boats on Friday (July 05) at the International Maritime Boundary Line off Kankasanthurai while Sri Lankan Navy had handed over 25 Indian fishermen along with 4 fishing trawlers to the ICG ship.
Another 24 Indian fishermen detained with their 5 fishing trawlers were handed over to the ICG ship "Rajkamal" at the International Maritime Boundary Line off Thalaimannar on July 4th.
The Navy arrested the Indian fishermen along with their 10 trawlers on two separate occasions on June 05 while they were engaged in illegal fishing in the seas off Thalaimannar and Kankasanthurai in Jaffna peninsula.