The twenty-five Sri Lankan fishermen arrested by the Coast Guard for fishing in the Indian territorial waters off Velankanni were produced before the Chief judicial Magistrate’s Court here on Tuesday.

The men, from Paruthithurai and Kalthurai of Jaffna, were arrested under the Maritime Zones of India (Regulation of Fishing by foreign Vessels) Act, 1981 on Sunday night. Of the arrested, 15 were Sinhalese and five each were Tamil and Tamil Muslim fishermen. The court remanded them to custody till February 25.

Abstaining from fishing

Fishermen of five coastal districts have decided to abstain from fishing from February 13 to March 10, consequent to the first round of talks held between the fishermen of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka at Chennai last month. The decision to abstain from fishing, as a confidence-building measure for the next round of talks to be held in Sri Lanka, was taken at a meeting attended by representatives of fishermen associations of Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur and Karaikal districts at Jagadapattinam in the district on Monday.

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