Indian maritime forces arrest 14 SL fishermen for cross border fishing
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) arrested 14 Sri Lankan fishermen and confiscated three fishing trawlers for allegedly breaching the country's maritime boundary and illegally fishing off Kanyakumari coast, mid night last night.
Official sources said an ICG patrol vessel, attached to the Tuticorin ICG Station, spotted the three foreign fishing boats indulged in illegal fishing in Indian territorial waters Southeast of Kanyakumari coast.
The fishermen were arrested and brought to Tuticorin harbor for further interrogation. They were arrested under Section 14 of the Foreigners Act and Sections 310, 714 and 15 of the Marine Zone Act.
The ICG seized modern fishing gears, about two tones of marine species from the Sri Lankan boats. They were handed over to the Coastal Security Group of Tamilnadu for legal action.
The fishermen would be produced before the Judicial Magistrate court at Ramanathapuram and remanded to judicial custody this evening, the sources added.
(Posted on 21-05-2014)