12 Tamil Nadu fishermen have been detained by the Sri Lankan Navy on Thursday July 5, for allegedly fishing in their territorial waters. Two mechanised boats used by them have also been impounded by the Lankan Navy.
An official from fisheries department said over 3,000 fishermen had set the sail into sea from Rameshwaram on Wednesday morning and were fishing near Karainagar when Sri Lankan Navy had spot them. The accused erroneously crossed the International Maritime Boundary Line due to adverse weather condition and were caught by the Sri Lankan Naval Patrol Craft.
The Lankan Navy confiscated two boats while chased away the other Indian fishing boats. The fishermen have been charged with poaching fish in their territorial waters.
This is the first incident of arrest after the fishing ban period ended last month on 14th.