Indian Coast Guard releases fishermen and vessels
The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry yesterday
announced that 11 fishermen along with two fishing vessels which were in
the custody of the Indian Coast Guard have been released.
They will return to Sri Lanka on August 6. These fishermen and their
vessels were taken into custody in the seas off Andra Pradesh when they
strayed into the Indian Maritime Boundary Lines (IMBL).
The two fishing vessels, Kaveesha Duwa 2, Natasha Duwa were seized
for crossing the IMBL along with the 11 member crew on May 15 and 22
These boats have left from Trincomalee fisheries harbour.
According to the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development
Department there is no Sri Lankan fishermen in Indian custody.
According to sources, the fishermen were released following the
intervention of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr
Rajitha Senaratne and the government had to pay Rs. 925,000 as fines to
release these fishermen.
Minister Senaratne said the government spends a lot of money for the
welfare of fishermen and urged them not to cross the IMBL.