Sri Lanka Navy arrests four Indian fishermen for poaching in northern waters

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Sri Lanka Navy has arrested four Indian fishermen for allegedly breaching the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and illegally fishing in Sri Lankan waters.

Naval personnel onboard a Fast Attack Craft attached to the Northern Naval Command, during a routine patrol in the Northern sea area off the Kovilam Lighthouse arrested the four Indian fishermen along with their fishing trawler Wednesday (July 31).

The group of Indian fishermen had been fishing in Sri Lankan territorial waters by the time the apprehension was made, the Navy said.

The apprehended fishers and their trawler were handed over to a Sri Lanka Coast Guard craft and afterwards the suspects were escorted to the naval base SLNS Elara.

The fishermen are expected to be handed over to the Assistant Director of Fisheries in Jaffna for onward action, after a medical examination.

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