Sri Lankan Navy arrests 29 fishermen from Tamil Nadu
The fishermen from Mandapam and Rameswaram were picked up near Neduntheevu in the Palk Strait; taken to the Kangesanthurai police station
Sri Lankan Naval personnel on Thursday arrested 29 fishermen from Mandapam and Rameswaram when they were fishing near Neduntheevu in the Palk Strait.
The Sri Lankan navy arrested them for allegedly fishing in their territorial waters using banned fishing nets, officials said, adding, seven boats were also seized.
The fishermen have been taken to the Kangesanthurai police station, they said.
On February 10, 2014 a fisherman was injured and a boat damaged when Sri Lankan Navy men allegedly attacked some local fishermen who were fishing near Katchatheevu.
Early this month, 69 fishermen were arrested in separate incidents.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had expressed dismay over the continuing arrests and told the Centre that such repeated actions undermine all confidence and goodwill which the two countries are attempting to build.