India releases SL fishermen
The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry recently
announced that India released 15 Sri Lankan fishermen alleged to have
violated the Indian maritime border.
The ministry said the legal proceedings with regard to the release of
the fishermen were complete and they will be brought to the island soon.
The fishermen had set to sea in three vessels from Negombo and
Meanwhile, the Indian Coast Guard arrested another group of 11 Sri
Lankan fishermen alleged to have violated the Indian maritime border in
Andhra Pradesh. The ministry said legal procedures were initiated with
Indian state authorities to secure the fishermen's release. Meanwhile,
nine Indian fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy and released by a
Sri Lankan court arrived at an Indian coastguard camp in Mandapam
Sunday. The fishermen arrested on June 19 by the Navy were released by
the Kankasanthurei Magistrate Court after a warning.
The fishermen claimed they had strayed into Sri Lankan waters due to
adverse weather conditions.
Large scale illegal poaching into Sri Lanka's waters by Indian
fishermen, mainly from Tamil Nadu with trawlers, has become a serious
threat to the livelihoods of Sri Lankan fishermen. Navy said it conducts
routine patrols and apprehends poachers detected illegally fishing in
Sri Lankan waters to protect the country's fisheries resources.