Navy arrests 22 Indian fishermen
The Sri Lanka Navy arrested 22 Indian fishermen with five fishing
trawlers in Sri Lankan waters off Mannar on Saturday, Sri Lanka Navy
Spokesman Commander K Warnakulasooriya said. Sri Lanka Navy vessels P
012 and P 215, attached to the North-Central Naval Command, took the
vessels into custody with the assistance of the Northern Naval Command.
The arrest was made during a routine patrol in Sri Lankan waters at
The first detection was made at 9.30pm and the last around 2.15am.
The arrested fishermen and their fishing boats were handed over to
Mannar Police for investigations.
The Sri Lanka Navy conducts routine patrols to protect Sri Lankan
waters and its fisheries resources. Poachers and violators of the
International Maritime Boundary Line are arrested and handed over to law
enforcement authorities for legal action.