Sri Lankan navy detains fishing boats near IMBL

Last Updated: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 16:40

Rameswaram: Over 513 mechanised boats of
Indian fishermen were allegedly detained at gunpoint by Sri
Lankan navy personnel near the International Maritime Boundary
Line off this coastal town, fisheries department officials
said on Thursday.

The officials, quoting the fishermen, said six Sri Lankan
patrol vessels surrounded them at around 9.00 AM yesterday and
detained them for about 15 hours.

The fishermen, who returned this morning, alleged that an
Indian Coast Guard patrol rushed to the spot on seeing them
but went away after a while without making any efforts to free
them.

The Lankan naval personnel warned them not to `trespass`
into Sri Lankan waters and ordered them to leave the area,
they said.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 16:40

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