Sri Lankan Navy arrests 10 Indian fishermen

February 20th, 2009 - 3:48 pm ICT by IANS  

Colombo, Feb 20 (IANS) At least 10 Indian fishermen have been arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy, a naval official said Friday.
The fishermen were arrested off the island’s north-western coast of Thalaimannar.

Navy spokesman Commander D.K.P. Dassanayake told IANS that the group of Indian fishermen was arrested Thursday around 10 a.m. while illegally entering Mannar waters in two trawlers.

“We arrested them on suspicion as they came so close to the shore of Mannar, just five km away. We wonder why they came so close to the shore,” Dassanayake said.

He said that the Indian fishermen have now been handed over to the Mannar police.

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