A minimum of 12 Indian fishermen have been detained by the Sri Lanka Navy for alleged poaching actions within the nation’s territorial waters, an official stated Sunday.
“The fishermen have been arrested close to Level Pedro between 5 and 5:30 am (native time) this night,” Sri Lanka Navy spokeswoman Captain Indika de Silva instructed PTI.
He stated the arrested fishermen can be taken to Myladi in northern Jaffna Peninsula, the place they’d be handed over to the Directorate of Fisheries.
In current weeks, northern fishermen have complained about growing poaching in Sri Lankan waters by Indian fishermen.
Locals claimed that the Indians jumped on the alternative as the continuing gasoline disaster severely restricted the variety of locals going fishing.
The difficulty of fishermen is contentious in relations between the 2 international locations.
There have been repeated instances of Indian fishermen being arrested by the Sri Lankan authorities for allegedly crossing the Worldwide Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and fishing in Sri Lankan waters.
There have been a number of alleged incidents through which Lanka Navy personnel have even fired on Indian fishermen within the Palk Strait and impounded their boats.
The Palk Strait, a slim strip of water separating Tamil Nadu from Sri Lanka, is a wealthy fishing floor for fishermen from each international locations.