The Sri Lankan navy has today arrested Twelve Tamil Nadu fishermen for allegedly fishing in their territorial waters. Two mechanised boats used by them have also been impounded by the Lankan Navy.
This is the first incident of arrest after the fishing ban period ended last month on 14th.
A fisheries department official said, nearly 3,000 fishermen from Rameswaram had ventured into the sea yesterday and were fishing near Karainagar waters early this morning, when the Sri Lankan naval personnel came to the spot and rounded up two boats. While those in other boats managed to escape, 12 fishermen were arrested and taken to Kangesanthurai port.
The fishermen have been charged with poaching fish in their territorial waters.