The Indian Ministry of External Affairs said India seized 13 Sri Lankan boats and arrested 9 fishermen while they were fishing in Indian waters, the ANI news agency reported.
“Currently there are 27 Indian fishermen and 79 boats in custody of Sri Lanka. As far as we are concerned, earlier we had eleven Sri Lankan boats in our custody. However yesterday, two Sri Lankan boats along with nine crew were apprehended by the coast guard. They were found fishing in Indian waters and had 1500 kilos of Tuna on one boat and 1000 kilos on the other. We have 13 Sri Lankan boats and nine Sri Lankan fishermen in our custody,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.
The nine Sri Lankan fishermen in two mechanised boats were detained by the Indian Coast Guard personnel for violating the the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and also for involving in poaching off the coast of Nagapattinam.
As much as 2,500 kilogram of illegal catch found in the two Sri Lankan fishing vessels were also confiscated by the coast guards on board the patrol vessel ICGS Sagar. (Colombo Gazette)