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Sri Lanka navy arrests 50 Indian fishermen

English.news.cn   2014-07-29 18:51:33

COLOMBO, July 29 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lanka navy arrested 50 Indian fishermen for poaching in Sri Lankan waters, navy spokesman Kosala Warnakulasuriya told Xinhua on Tuesday.

He said that a majority of the Indians were arrested off Point Pedro in Sri Lanka's north while the rest were arrested off Delft Islands also in the northern seas.

The navy spokesman said that seven boats used by the fishermen to enter Sri Lankan waters illegally were also seized.

Indian fishermen often poach in Sri Lankan waters and are arrested but are later set free and returned to India without the boats.

The arrest comes as fishermen from India threatened to force their way into Sri Lankan waters next month as a mark of protest over the frequent arrest of Indian fishermen.

Fishermen in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu have said they will travel to Sri Lanka by boat on August 2 carrying white flags and surrender themselves to officials in the island nation.

Repeated attempts to resolve the issue between fishermen of both countries have failed with both sides refusing to agree to some demands.

Editor: yanting
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