7 TN fishermen arrested by Lankan navy

Rameswaram: Seven Tamilnadu fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly fishing off Neduntheevu early today, a fishermen association leader said here.

The naval personnel also drove away more than 2,000 fisherfolks who were engaged in fishing in their territorial waters besides snapping the nets of more than 50 boats.

The incident occurred early this morning when the fishermen from this island town had ventured into the sea in over 500 boats and were fishing near Neduntheevu.

A Sri Lankan Navy patrol team arrived at the spot and arrested seven fishers and took them to Kangesanthurai port in the island nation along with their boat, Rameswaram Fishermen Association president P Sesuraja alleged.

The others were chased away following which all of them returned to the shore without a catch, he said. On 31 July, seven fishermen from here were arrested by the Lankan naval authorities off Neduntheevu for allegedly fishing in the island nation’s territorial waters.