Fishermen in 550 boats had ventured into the sea, officials said, adding, other fishermen have returned to the shore. (Representational Image)
Rameswaram: Twelve Tamil Nadu fishermen were today arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy when they were fishing near Katchatheevu.
Assistant Director of Fisheries Gopinath said while eight fishermen were from Rameswaram, the rest were from Jegadappatinam in Pudukottai district.
He said the fishermen and their three boats have been taken to Talaimannar where they would be produced before a magistrate.
The Lankan naval men allegedly rammed a boat and damaged it, but the occupants managed to reach Indian waters with their vessel. They also allegedly snapped the fishing nets of several boats.
Fishermen in 550 boats had ventured into the sea from this island, officials said, adding, other fishermen have returned to the shore.
On December 31, 29 fishermen from Nagapattinam district in Tamil Nadu were detained by the Lankan navy when they were fishing off Trincomallee coast in Sri Lanka.
Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, voicing concern over recurring instances of such arrests besides seeking his intervention for release of over 80 Indian fishermen languishing in Sri Lankan prisons.