Sri Lankan Navy on Tuesday arrested nine Indian fishermen near Delft Island in Palk Strait allegedly on charges of illegal fishing. All the eight apprehended belong to Tamil Nadu and have been sent to Kankesanthurai Naval camp for further interrogation.
The incident took place when a routine patrolling party of Fast Attack Craft (FAC) detected movement and found the fishermen found illegally fishing in Sri Lankan territorial waters.
Both the boats belonging to the fishermen were also seized by the Lankan authorities.
Notably, there has been a sudden rise in the number of Indian fishermen being arrested in the Palk Strait region.
Earlier, after the growing concern over the Indian fishermen being detained, Tamil Nadu government on Friday flagged concerns after Sri Lanka amending its Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Act put a ban on bottom trawling in the Palk Bay.
As per the new rule, a fine of 50,000 Lankan rupees (LKR ) will be imposed along with imprisonment of up to two years on those found guilty of bottom trawling — a dangerous method where the fishermen drag large nets with heavy weights across the seafloor to catch fishes in bulk.
Apparently, the destructively dragging method scoops everything in its path, damaging the sea life form including the corals.
Also, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking the Centre to take necessary steps against the move Sri Lankan move.
He also highlighted the concern over several arrests including 50 fishermen and at least 143 boats in Sri Lankan custody.