5 S Lankan fishermen held for crossing IMBL

5 S Lankan fishermen held for crossing IMBL

Five Sri Lankan fishermen have been arrested by the Coast Guard here for reportedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line, but taken to Chennai after protests by a pro Tamil outfit against them being brought to the union territory.

They were held about 40 miles off the Puducherry coast yesterday, police said.

They said the Coast Guard noticed the fishermen's vessel with about 300 kg of fish stuck in an estuary and informed them after which steps were taken to bring them to the fishing harbour. However the local unit of Naam Tamizhar party objected to it.

With the protests continuing this morning too, the five fishermen were taken to Chennai, they said.

Police said the area where the fishermen were found does not fall within the jurisdiction of the union territory.