As many as 16 Indian fishermen were impounded by the Srilankan navy for violating the International Maritime Border agreement between India and Srilanka.
The Hindustan Times reported that the fishermen were detained, after a navy official spotted them fishing at a Srilankan Coast.
All the three boats belonging to the fishermen were seized and the fishermen were detained in Kangesanthurai. Preliminary reports suggest that the majority of the fishermen were from Tamil Nadu, the South Indian State.
Speaking over the detaining of the fishermen, Joint Director of Fisheries Subburaj said “As far as we know, three boats and 16 fishermen were taken into the custody of the Srilankan navy. Majority of the fishermen are from Tamil Nadu State and we are yet to receive an official information about it from Srilanka”.
“After being arrested they were taken to the Kangesanthurai and later shifted to Jaffna. It is not yet clear about why the fishermen were shifted to Jaffna from Kangesanthurai”, Subburaj added.
The Joint Director for fisheries said that the Government will do the required after getting an official note from the Srilankan authorities over the detainment of the fishermen.
The fishermen will be produced in the Srilankan local court for allegedly violating the International Maritime Boundary line agreement. There are chances for the release of the fishermen prior to producing them in the court, if the Indian Government moves its foreign ministry to deal with the case in time, the Hindustan Times reported.
With the latest incident, the number of fishermen arrested by the Srilankan navy has crossed 140.
Earlier, the Srilankan navy authorities have called for a joint patrolling by both the Indian and the Srilankan navy coast guards to avoid infiltration across the International Maritime Boundary Line between Srilanka and India.