Written by Staff Writer
08 Jul, 2015 | 10:44 am
The Ministry of Fisheries has said that discussions are underway in order to secure the release of Sri Lankan fishermen who are currently under Indian custody.
When News1st inquired from the Secretary to the Ministry, Nimal Hettiarachchi as to whether Sri Lanka does not take into custody any Indian fishermen who breach our maritime boundary, the secretary said that the Sri Lankan Navy does so on a regular basis.
He said that similarly, when Sri Lankan fishermen breach the Indian maritime boundary, they are taken into custody of Indian authorities.
Meanwhile, fishermen in the Baththalan – Gunduwa area have charged that the Indian fishermen who come to that area are not being arrested.
Navy Media Spokesperson Commander Indika Silva meanwhile stated that 40 Indian fishermen are currently under Sri Lankan custody.
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