Colombo: At least 12 Indian fishermen were arrested and their trawlers seized for allegedly poaching in Sri Lankan waters, Lankan Navy said on Thursday.
The fishermen, all hailing from Tamil Nadu, were arrested on Wednesday while poaching in Sri Lankan waters northwest of Thalaimannar, the Navy said.
They were handed over to the officials of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources for further action.
Assistant Director of Fisheries Department in Rameswaram, Gopinath, said those arrested were fishing near Katchatheevu, an islet ceded to Sri Lanka in 1974. He said two boats were seized.