Sri Lankan Navy on two separate occasions arrested 37 Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu on Tuesday (15th October) for allegedly poaching in Sri Lankan waters and seized their boats.
The Navy said a naval patrol craft attached to the Northern Naval Command on routine patrol arrested 15 Indian fishermen in four Indian trawlers engaged in illegal fishing in the Northern Seas of Sri Lanka.
The arrested fishermen have been handed over to the Assistant Director of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource in Jaffna for legal action.
In a separate occasion, naval personnel attached to the North Central Naval Command arrested 22 Indian fishermen and 5 trawlers engaged in illegal fishing in Sri Lankan waters off Thalaimannar on 15th October.
Those arrested fishermen have been handed over to Thalaimannar Police for legal action.
The Sri Lankan government has recently adopted a new policy of detaining Indian fishermen arrested for poaching in Sri Lankan waters for a long time and confiscating their boats to deter the Indian fishermen from trespassing into Sri Lankan waters.
Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu continually violating the maritime boundary line and fishing in Sri Lankan waters have become a serious issue for both governments and soured the relations between the two countries.