7 Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy to be sent back
7 Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy to be despatched again. Photograph: Akshaya Nath
Seven fishermen from Tanjore district had been taken into custody within the early hours of Tuesday morning by the Sri Lankan Navy for cross-border fishing. The trawlers through which they had been travelling had been additionally seized, and of which one was severely broken after colliding with the Sri Lankan Navy patrolling vessel.
The seven fishermen who had been arrested had been taken to the naval camp and after investigation, the fishermen had been handed over to Jaffna fisheries division.
Tuesday night, the fishermen had been introduced earlier than the Jaffna court docket and the decide Alex Raja Crazin, who had heard the case, convicted the seven fishermen and referred to as them worldwide criminals.
Nevertheless, the fishermen are being deported again to India with a clause that claims that if these fishermen are caught once more by Sri Lankan officers within the subsequent seven years, then they should serve their conviction for this time period and in addition for the extra punishment given for being caught once more.
After the Sri Lankan authorities handed the brand new overseas fishing regulation in 2017, the Indian fishermen had been of concern of venturing into the ocean.
The Sri Lankan judiciary for now on this, in addition to the final case, have given punishment within the type of order insisting that the time period might be served provided that these fishermen are arrested once more within the subsequent seven years giving these fishermen a possibility to not violate legal guidelines like crossing the worldwide border or cross-border fishing.
The trawler house owners have now been issued discover to seem earlier than the court docket on September 25. The trawlers might be charged as per the regulation based mostly on its measurement, its catch in amount. The boat might be retrieved solely based mostly on paying the penalty and if the penalty will not be, then the boat will change into state’s property.
The seven fishermen might be despatched again to India within the subsequent two days and at current, they’ve been offered keep at Mariana in Sri Lanka.