February 18, 2024
Sri Lankan Navy Arrests Six Indian Fishermen for Alleged Trespassing
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Sri Lankan Navy Arrests Six Indian Fishermen for Alleged Trespassing

Sri Lankan Navy Arrests Six Indian Fishermen for Alleged Trespassing/ANI

Sri Lankan Navy Arrests Six Indian Fishermen for Alleged Trespassing

Six fishermen from Rameswaram and Thangachimadam were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly trespassing into Sri Lankan waters near Neduntheevu. The fishermen were fishing in the Palk Strait with valid permits. This incident follows a pattern of arrests in the region, raising concerns about cross-border fishing disputes. The arrested fishermen and their boats have been taken to the Kangesandurai Naval Camp for interrogation. Earlier, on January 16, the Sri Lankan Navy had arrested 18 Indian fishermen and seized two trawlers in Lankan waters, escalating tensions in the ongoing fishing disputes.

Cross-Border Fishing Disputes Continue

The arrest of Indian fishermen near Neduntheevu adds to the persisting cross-border fishing disputes between India and Sri Lanka. Both countries have been working to address these issues, but periodic arrests and incidents at sea highlight the challenges in reaching a sustainable resolution. The fishing communities on both sides often find themselves caught in the middle of geopolitical tensions, impacting their livelihoods.

Concerns About Escalating Tensions

The recent arrests contribute to concerns about escalating tensions in the Palk Strait region. The fishermen association in Rameswaram has stated that the arrested individuals had valid fishing permits. This incident underscores the need for diplomatic efforts to find a long-term solution to the fishing disputes, ensuring the safety and well-being of fishermen from both countries.

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