23 Indian fishermen arrested in Sri Lanka

April 2nd, 2009 - 9:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Colombo, April 2 (IANS) At least 23 Indian fishermen have been arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy off Thalaimannar island when they were illegally fishing in the nation’s territorial waters, an official said Thursday.
Acting Navy Spokesman Commander Mahesh Karunaratne said naval crafts on routine patrol arrested the group of 23 Indian fishermen along with six boats for illegally intruding into Sri Lanka’s international maritime borders.

“After the normal investigation process, these fishermen will be handed over to the Indian authorities soon,” Karunaratne told IANS.

He said the two neighbouring countries have “a mutual understanding” on how to deal with the issue of illegal fishing.

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