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Navy denies apprehending Indian fishermen

Jul 5, 2011 11:50:37 AM - itnnews.lk

The Sri Lanka Navy has denied media reports that it has arrested a group of Indian fishermen. The Hindu had reported that the Sri Lanka Navy had arrested 14 Indian fishermen who had violated territorial water limits. However, Naval Media Spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya emphasized that not a single Indian fisherman was in their custody. He said there is no truth in that report and no such thing had happened. In the meantime, it is reported that a special representative will be visiting Sri Lanka to discuss problems encountered by Sri Lankan and Indian fishermen. This representative is to hold talks with local authorities on fishing without intruding into each others territorial waters and with regard to fishermen who are in custody.