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38 TN fishermen arrested by Lankan Navy

Thirty-eight Tamil Nadu fishermen were on Thursday arrested by Sri Lankan navy for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary line, three days after fishermen representatives of India and Sri Lanka met to discuss the vexed fishing issue.

The fishermen along with their five boats have been taken by the Lankan Navy to the Kangesanthurai Port, officials said.

Officials said the fishermen were fishing using ‘Irattai Madippu’ fishing nets which had been banned by both countries as they destroyed the marine ecology. In Colombo, Sri Lankan Naval spokesman Kosala Warnakualsuriya said the fishermen were arrested off the islet of Delft in the northern Jaffna peninsula.

Having spotted them inside Sri Lankan waters they had been warned to leave and the failure to do so forced the arrest, the Navy said.
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