Coast Guard Arrests 25 Sri Lankan Fishermen Off the Nagapattinam Coast
The Indian Coast Guard at Karaikal coast guard station apprehended 25 Sri Lankan fishermen and have also secured their five fishing vessels on charges of trespassing and indulging in illegal fishing at the Indian territorial waters on Sunday.
The apprehended fishermen were brought to the Karaikal port and handed over to Nagapattinam marine police and Tamil Nadu Coastal Security Group on Monday morning.
According to Coast Guard officials, the Indian Coast Guard patrol vessel ICGS Rajshree was on surveillance duty near the coast of Nagapattinam and Karaikal on Sunday evening. While sailing at about 48 nautical miles East of Velankanni shore, the Coast Guard crew spotted about five Sri Lankan fishing vessels engaged in fishing activity in the Indian waters. On interrogation, it was found that the fishermen have ventured from Point Pedro and surrounding coastal hamlets in the Jaffna district of island nation.
“The 25 Sri Lankan fishermen along with their five fishing vessels were secured on charges of violating the maritime boundaries”, Commandant Udhal Singh of Indian Coast Guard Station at Karaikal told Express.
Sources identified the five fishing vessels secured by the Indian Coast Guards as high speed Gillnet fishing vessels with the capability to engage in fishing activity for several days. Alongside the secured Sri Lankan fishermen, it is said the confiscated 5,000 kilogram of catches including Tuna and few other fish varieties were auctioned and the auctioned amount has been given to the Nagapattinam treasury.
On the arrival of 25 apprehended Lankan fishermen at Karaikal port on Monday, the Indian Coast guard personnel handed over them to Nagapattinam marine police personnel.
Police sources said a case would be registered at Keelaiyur marine police station in Nagapattinam district.
The Sri Lankan fishermen would be lodged at Puzhal prison at Chennai after producing them before the Nagapattinam Judicial magistrate.