1,200 Lankan fishermen held in five years

Fishing boatAbout 1,000 Sri Lankan fishermen were arrested by the Coast Guard in the last five years on charges of illegally entering and fishing in Indian waters, a senior official said here on Thursday.

A total of 1,205 Sri Lankan fishermen and 241 fishing boats were arrested in the last five years, Inspector General Satya Prakash Sharma said, addressing a press conference. Listing the actions of the Coast Guard under his command, the officer, who is set to retire this month, said 2,391 Indians and 1,048 Sri Lankans were repatriated in the last five years. 

Earlier, a coffee table book on the Coast Guard Region (East) was released at its Air Station in Meenambakkam. During the last five years, personnel of the Coast Guard have saved the lives of 842 persons during its mission. (The Hindu)

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