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125 Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lanka this year, none killed April 23,2013   |  Source: ColomboPage News Desk

Sri Lanka so far this year has arrested 125 Indian fishermen for violating Sri Lanka's International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and entering into Sri Lankan territorial waters but no fishermen have been killed as claimed by the Tamil Nadu fishermen and anti-Sri Lankan activists.

Indian Defense Minister AK Antony provided these figures in a written reply to Lok Sabha Monday.

According to the Indian Defense Minister no fishermen have been killed in 2012 either while Sri Lanka detained 202 Indian fishermen during the year.

In 2011, two fishermen have been killed during the skirmishes with the Sri Lankan Navy while 203 Indian nationals were arrested. Among the detained, 10 Indian nationals including 05 fishermen arrested in November 2011, are in custody on charges of smuggling narcotics and contraband.

The Indian government has been consistently taking up the fishermen issues with the Sri Lankan government to ensure that the Sri Lankan Navy acts with restraint and the fishermen found near IMBL are treated in a humane manner, Antony noted.

The two governments have reached an understanding in October 2008 to avoid the recurrence of incidents involving Indian fishermen with Sri Lankan Navy. The agreement put in place practical arrangements to deal with bonafide Indian

 

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