World Bulletin/News Desk
Days after Sri Lanka released all Indian fishermen as a “goodwill gesture” ahead of new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony, the island country arrested 33 Indian fishermen on Sunday near Katchatheevu, an isle in Pall Strait controlled by Sri Lanka, Indian media reported.
All the Indian fishermen - belonging to southern state Tamil Nadu - were arrested in separate incidents by Sri Lankan Navy. The Navy reportedly seized six mechanized boats and allegedly threw fishing nets from the 20 boats into the sea.
The Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu took to the sea in over 700 boats on Saturday night and were fishing near the Katchatheevu isle when Sri Lankan Navy officers appeared and proceeded to arrest some fishermen and reprimand others, warning them not to fish near the isle.
India ceded islet Katchatheevu to Sri Lanka in 1974.
Last month, talks between India and Sri Lanka ended unsuccessfully as the latter turned down a request from Tamil Nadu fishermen to allow them to fish in Sri Lankan waters 70 days a year.
The hope of renewed discussions occurred on May 25 when Sri Lankan President Mahindra Rajapaksa ordered to release all Indian fishermen from Sri Lankan jails ahead of his visit to attend Modi’s swearing-in ceremony.Last Mod: 01 Haziran 2014, 17:34