Sri Lankan Navy arrests 16 Indian fishermen
Chennai: While Sri Lanka has been assuring India that they will not harass Indian fishermen, Tamil Nadu Q branch police have said that 16 Indian fishermen from Rameswaram have been arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy on Daft Island.
According to a statement by the Q Branch police of Tamil Nadu, 16 fishermen and three boats were detained by the Sri Lankan Navy at 2 am. According to the Q Branch, the Sri Lankan Navy arrested the fishermen off Rameswaram Daft Island in Tamil Nadu or Neduntheevu in northern Sri Lanka.
According to police sources, the Sri Lankan Navy has accused Indian fishermen of crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL).
In December 2021, the Sri Lankan Navy arrested 63 Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu and sent them to judicial custody and 53 of these fishermen are still in an isolation center of the Sri Lankan government after their release from jail.
The Sri Lankan Fisheries Department has also advertised in newspapers in the island nation on the auction of Indian fishing boats confiscated by the Sri Lankan authorities some time ago.
It may be noted that the Government of India had recently sanctioned a huge amount to the Government of Sri Lanka to support the country which was in a major debt crisis due to foreign exchange issues.
A fisherman leader from Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, K. Speaking to IANS, Jesudasan said,
The Pock Straits are a small area and unknowingly, our fishermen cross into Sri Lankan waters. This need not be taken as a big issue and the arrests are unjustified. The Indian government is supporting the present Sri Lankan government with all. This means that this advantage should be diplomatically taken to bring about an amicable solution to our fishermen’s issues.
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