Indian Coast Guard arrests 10 Sri Lankan fishermen with their catch

May 19, Chennai: Indian Coast Guard has arrested ten Sri Lankan fishermen with their catch and seized their two boats while they were fishing in the Indian waters, Indian media reported.

According to Indian daily The Hindu, Indian Coast Guard ship Sarang on Tuesday night had apprehended 10 Sri Lankan fishermen in two boats carrying about 3,500 kg of fish.

The ICG has said that the two Sri Lankan boats ‘Dushantha Putha’ and ‘Madhu’ which had set sail from Dondra tip in South and were fishing very close to the Indian coast. The boats were reportedly brought to Kasimedu fishing harbour and handed over to the police on Thursday.

The report said this is the fifth such incident in 2011. So far the Coast Guard Region (East) has apprehended 10 Sri Lankan boats with 50 crew members and 9,200 kg of fish.

According to an ICG release, The Hindu said that regular presence of Sri Lankan fishing boats in Indian waters is a matter of concern and the Coast Guard regional headquarters in Chennai has taken up the case with appropriate authorities.

Indian authorities recently released 20 Sri Lankan fishermen who had been in Indian custody on charges of poaching.

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