Sri Lankan navy has arrested 27 fishermen from Tamil Nadu on charges of poaching in the island nation’s waters.
While 13 fishermen from Jagadapattinam in Thanjavur district were arrested along with their three boats, 14 fishermen from here were arrested with three boats when they were fishing in mid-sea late last night.
The naval personnel also damaged their fishing nets, Assistant Director of Fisheries Department Sekar said.
All the fishermen have been taken to Kankesanthurai, he said.
Fishermen from Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Karaikal, Thanjavur and Pudukottai have decided to boycott fishing indefenitely from today in protest against the arrest.