Colombo: On Tuesday, at least four Indian fishermen were arrested and their trawler seized by Sri Lankan Navy off the coast of northern Jaffna peninsula ahead of a ministerial-level bilateral talks in New Delhi on Wednesday to solve the sensitive issue.
The Lanka navy said the fishermen were arrested on charges of fishing in Sri Lankan territorial waters off the coast of Delft islet early this morning.
The arrested Indian fishermen were handed over to the fisheries inspectorate at Karaingar, Jaffna, by Sri Lankan naval coast guard vessel Elara, the navy added.
The arrests were confirmed by Fishermen's Association President Sagayam in Rameswaram.
The arrests have come ahead of the scheduled talks tomorrow between Indian and Sri Lanka fishermen to solve the recurring dispute over the arrest of fishermen. A 10-member Lankan fishing association delegation will arrive in India for the talks.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will meet her Lankan counterpart Mangala Samaraweera and Lankan Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera. These talks are to be preceded by talks between the fishermen associations of the two countries.