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India says 5 fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan navy

Updated:2017-06-19 18:35:28   XinHua

Five fishermen from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu were arrested by Sri Lankan navy, India's official broadcaster - All India Radio (AIR) said Sunday.

The fishermen were arrested off the coast while fishing off Neduntheevu in international waters.

"Five Tamil Nadu fishermen were arrested and their boat impounded by the Sri Lankan navy today for allegedly fishing in their territorial waters," AIR said.

The broadcaster, quoting state fishermen association president N Devadoss, said the fishermen from Mandapam had put out to sea in a boat early Sunday.

"They were fishing off Neduntheevu, when Lankan naval men surrounded and took them to Kangesanthurai port in Sri Lanka," Devadoss said
Fishermen of the two countries are often jailed for accidentally crossing into each other's territories. The fishermen traverse poorly defined boundary in the international waters as most fishing boats lack technologies to locate exact positions.

Editor: Eric Wang

Keywords:   India fishermen Sri Lanka