Indian Coast Guard detains Sri Lankan boat with 5 fishermen

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – The Indian Coast Guard has detained a Sri Lankan fishing boat with five fishermen for allegedly fishing in the Indian waters, The Hindu reported.

Sources said the Indian Coast Guard Ship Vajra, during its routine patrol off the coast of Kanniyakumari, spotted the Sri Lankan mechanized boat, illegally fishing on the Indian territorial waters in the early hours of Wednesday. After intercepting the boat, the vessel with five fishermen was detained.

They were identified as J.P.S. Pigeru and D.G.S. Fernando, both from Negombo, W.N.K. Fernando, W.M.A.A. Fernando and V.M.R.I. Andadi, all from Chilaw.

ICGS Vajra is expected to reach the VOC Port around 11 a.m. on Thursday with the detained boat and the arrested Sri Lankan fishermen.

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