Chennai: Hours after Sri Lankan Navy apprehended 16 Indian fishermen for allegedly violating the International Maritime Boundary, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention for their release along with their boats.
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The arrests came off the coast of Delft island and Vettilaikerni in the northern Jaffna peninsula.
"Three fishing boats had also been taken into custody and the fishermen had been handed over to officials from the Fisheries Department in Jaffna for further action," Navy Spokesperson Commander Indika Silva said.
The 16 are the first arrests since Sri Lanka released all the Indian fishermen in its custody last month.
Meanwhile, a report from Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu said, Selvaraj, a fisherman, fainted and died in a fishing boat while fishing in the mid sea last night.
The cause of the death was not known immediately, Assistant Director of Fisheries Department Ravichandran said. Some fishermen have been injured when they were attacked by Sri Lankan navy personnel while fishing near Katchativu, an islet ceded by India to Sri Lanka in 1974, late last night.
About 20 fishing nets were damaged. The fishermen, who went for fishing in about 440 boats, were not allowed to fish in the vicinity. The navy personnel also allegedly pelted stones at their boats, he said.
(With Agency inputs)