On Thursday morning, the Sri Lankan navy apprehended 12 Rameswaram fishermen with two boats near Delft Island. Among the two apprehended boats, one has been damaged.

The reports suggested that the apprehended fishermen were being taken to the Kankesanthurai Naval camp (Sri Lanka) for questioning by the forces.

Earlier on August 8, Sri Lankan Navy had arrested 9 Indian fishermen near Delft Island in Palk Strait allegedly on charges of illegal fishing. All the apprehended fishermen belonged 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 by the Sri Lankan Navy. In July, around 38 fishermen were apprehended by the forces while till August 10, the number has already reached 21.