An official from the fisheries department said 16 fishermen hailing from Rameswaram, who went to the sea in two boats, were detained for allegedly violating the IMBL.
Sri Lankan navy arrested 27 Indian fishermen for alleged violation of International Maritime Boundary Line
Fisheries department sources said that among the five boats that were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy, four boats were from Rameswaram and one other boat was from the Mandapam.
Including the poaching trawlers held in this operation, the Sri Lanka Navy has seized 17 Indian poaching trawlers and apprehended 110 Indian fishermen thus far in 2023.
The victims were part of nine groups of fishers from Arukatuthurai, Vellapallam, Pushpavanam and Seruthur villages.