Eight fishermen from Tamil Nadu were arrested and their two boats seized by
the Sri Lankan Navy in separate incidents on Thursday for allegedly fishing in
the island nation's territorial waters, fisheries department officials said.
Four fishermen each from Rameswaram and nearby Mandapam were arrested when
they were allegedly fishing near Neduntheevu, the officials said.
The problem is that the Indian coastguard may not be actively patrolling
the areas close to the Sri Lankan coast. All Indian fishing boats now have
distinct colour and must have transponders and lights fit.
The fishermen were later taken to Karainagar port in Northern Sri Lanka,
Assistant Directors of Fisheries in Rameswaram and Mandapam said.
The arrests came on a day when India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj
is visiting Colombo to participate in the two-day Indian Ocean Conference from