Sri Lankan Navy arrests eight Tamil Nadu fishermen

The fishermen had set sail on board a mechanised vessel from the Jegadapattinam fishing harbour in Pudukottai

September 20, 2022 11:10 am | Updated September 21, 2022 07:12 am IST - PUDUKOTTAI

Representational image of fishermen off the coast of Tamil Nadu

Representational image of fishermen off the coast of Tamil Nadu | Photo Credit: Balachandar L.

Eight fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy in the early hours of Tuesday on charges of trespassing into the territorial waters of the island nation.

The fishermen had set sail on board a mechanised vessel from the Jegadapattinam fishing harbour in the district on Monday morning.

Coastal Security Group sources said the fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy at around 2 a.m. on Tuesday while they were fishing near Neduntheevu.

They were taken along with their vessel to the Kankesanthurai naval base in the island nation. Those arrested were vessel owner P. Tamilselvan (37), C. Viji (28), A. Dinesh (26), G. Ranjith (27), S. Pakkirisamy (45), S. Kamal (25), S. Punudhu (41) and M. Karthik (27), the sources added.

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