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Over 100 Indian fishermen arrested in north Sri Lanka

02-16-2011 15:09 BJT

COLOMBO, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Some 106 Indian fishermen on board 18 trawlers accused of poaching in Sri Lanka's maritime waters have been arrested, officials said Tuesday.

The Indians were intercepted by Sri Lankan fishermen off the northern Jaffna peninsula and were handed over to police, and they will be produced in court Wednesday, officials said.

Local fishermen said they were forced to apprehend them as the Indians in the past had assaulted them while seizing the catch of the Sri Lankans.

In the recent weeks alleged Sri Lankan navy's shooting and killing of two Indian fishermen sparked diplomatic contact between Sri Lanka and India.

Nirupama Rao, the Indian foreign secretary visited here to seek assurances from Colombo to prevent such incidents.

The Sri Lankan navy firmly denied the accusations and hinted a third group may have been responsible for the killings.

Fishermen of both nations stray into each other's fishing limits resulting in litigation by both nations.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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