The fishermen hailing from Jegathapattinam in Pudukottai district were arrested for fishing in Sri Lankan waters in the sea off Analaitheevu near Jaffna in the wee hours of today, a state fisheries official in Tamil Nadu said.
Sri Lankan Naval personnel seized the fishermen’s boat, Jegathapattinam Assistant director of the fisheries Shekar said, adding all the nine had been taken to Jaffna.
The latest detention comes close on the heels of the arrest of four others earlier this week and release of 96 of the 99 fishermen arrested on different dates.
While 32 fishermen were released on April 5 as many as 64 were set free on Wednesday by courts in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)