28 Indian fishermen held in Sri Lanka: police

November 18th, 2008 - 5:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Nov 18 (IANS) At least 28 Indian fishermen and seven of their boats have been detained by the Sri Lankan Navy early Tuesday, a police officer said.”Fishermen who had set out to sea yesterday (Monday) night in 100 boats reported that seven boats and at least 28 men have been captured by the Sri Lankan navy,” the official said.

“Those who returned said the seven boats and their crew were being detained at Kankesanthurai in northern Sri Lanka,” the officer added.

Political sources said the Sri Lankan action seems to be a retaliatory move over the detention of 65 Sri Lankan fishermen in Andhra Pradesh. Some 15 others are being held in Tuticorin, some 250 km south of here.

The detention of Indian fishermen is the first such incident in the past four months.

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