NAGAPATTINAM/COLOMBO: Seven fishermen hailing from Akkaraipettai in the district were apprehended by the Sri Lankan navy personnel on Thursday night. This is the first such incident from the district ever since the fishermen after ban period on deep sea fishing ended.
As the fishermen were fishing off the coast of Kodiyakkarai on Thursday night, the Lankan Navy personnel who arrived at the spot have secured the seven men for allegedly violating the IMBL. According to sources, the apprehended fishermen were identified as Mohan, Iniyan, Sundaramoorthy, Vinoth, Nivas, Naveen and Siva, all hailing from Thideerkuppam in Akkaraipettai. They have ventured from the Nagapattinam fishing harbour on June 17 in a trawler belonging to one Murugesan (52) of Akkaraipettai.
As they were fishing in the south-east direction off the coast of Kodiyakkarai, the Lankan navy came the spot and arrested them.
Meanwhile, in Lanka, the courts in Mannar and Kayts have remanded the 46 fishermen arrested earlier. A court in Mannar remanded 22 fishermen and a court in Kyts Island remanded 24 men.