Indian Coast Guard Ship ‘Veera' of Tuticorin Station apprehended three Sri Lankan fishing boats and a crew of 15 fishermen on Wednesday on charges of illegal fishing in Indian waters.

The poaching activities were located at 80 nautical miles off south west coast of Kanyakumari.

Commandant Udhal Singh, Coast Guard Station, Tuticorin, said the boats, which had been seized, were “Kumudumali”, “Ramani” and “Pombi Kumar”.

The Coast Guard had increased its surveillance to thwart any such incident, Mr. Singh added. Interrogations revealed that the boats were engaged in fishing when apprehended and no suspicious documents had been found.

The arrested persons were handed over to the local police.