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4000 Indian fishermen go to sea after ban ends; SL Navy vessels on IMBL

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About 4000 Indian fishermen on Saturday set out to sea at the end of a 48-day ban, imposed to enable fish breeding, even as Sri Lankan Navy deployed its vessels along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) to prevent them from crossing over into their waters.

Speaking to PTI, Assistant Director of Fisheries (Ramanthapuram district) Gobinath said officials have warned the fishermen against crossing the IMBL. Severe action would be taken against those who had left town without obtaining the required permission, he said.

Gopinath said the Lankan Navy has deployed some ships and more than 10 naval boats along IMBL to prevent the fishermen from crossing over into their territorial waters. The Indian Coast Guard had also deployed sufficient force in the area to advice fishermen not to cross the IMBL. So far all of them have been fishing in Indian waters, he said.

Meanwhile, Military spokesperson Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera speaking to Daily Mirror said that sufficient Navy personnel had been deployed along the IMBL and the number of personnel will be increased when the most number of Indian fishermen tend to cross the IMBL. “If they crossed into tour territorial waters, they would be arrested”, he said.(DS)

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  • Abdul Sunday, 31 May 2015 11:22 AM

    lets put more and more coast guard vessels in the border. problem solved.

    patriot Sunday, 31 May 2015 11:49 AM

    Be careful of Trojan horse.

    Sana Sunday, 31 May 2015 12:40 PM

    Make it law that every vessel is fitted with a GPS tracking device. The owner of any vessel crossing the IMBL is fined heavily.

    kukumarx Sunday, 31 May 2015 02:19 PM

    We need more ships stopping 4000 boats from entering is impossible for our tiny navy and coast guard even if we send the ships in the South to the North

    mountain Sunday, 31 May 2015 02:46 PM

    cold will be off when the nose is cutoff. via DM Android App


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