Chennai, Sept 14 (BPNS)
Nine fishermen from Pudukottai in Tamil Nadu were arrested by the Sri Lankan navy on Wednesday late night. The fishermen who had gone to sea for fishing in two mechanized boats from Kottaipattanam and Jagadipattanam in Pudkottai district were apprehended along with their boats by the Sri Lankan Navy on charges that they have trespassed into international waters after crossing International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL).
Sources Coastal Security Group (CSG) told IANS that four fishermen, N. Arun (35), G. Marudhu(42), K. Sundaram(35) and S. Selvaraj (38) had gone fishing on a mechanized boat from Kottaipattanam on September 13th . They were fishing at ‘Neendantheevu’ when they were taken into custody by the Sri Lankan Navy who have taken them for questioning at Kankesenthurai Naval base in Sri Lanka.
Another group of five fishermen, R. Kesavan (35), R. Kumar (38), R. Guna (20), Murugesan (45) and K. Muthu (43) had gone for fishing from Jagadapattinam in Pudukottai district on September 13, morning. They were also taken into custody by the Sri Lankan Navy from Neendantheevu and taken to Kankesenthurai Naval base for questioning.
Several Indian fishermen were arrested by Sri Lankan navy on charges of trespassing into Sri Lankan waters. While fishermen used to get bail after a few days of incarceration, the costly mechanized boats are seized by the Navy leading to these boats getting damaged and even destroyed.