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Sri Lankan Navy arrested 9 Indian fishermen near Delft Island

Deft Island in the Indian Ocean was in news on 2 September 2014 when Sri Lankan Navy arrested 9 fishermen and remanded them

Sep 5, 2014 18:14 IST
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Delft Island: 9 fishermen arrested

Deft Island in the Indian Ocean was in news on 2 September 2014 when Sri Lankan Navy arrested 9 fishermen and remanded them on custody till 16 September 2014 as per the orders of Kankesanthurai magistrate.

Sri Lankan Navy claimed that arrest was made inside the Sri Lankan territory and all fishermen were handed over to the fisheries authorities of Kankesanthurai for legal action before the local magistrate.

Further it was claimed by the Sri Lankan Navy that the boat was unregistered and owned by Sakthivel, who recently bought this boat when his registered boat sunk at Talaimannar.

The action of Sri Lankan Navy comes after the break down of the official talks between the two countries in New Delhi in last week of August 2014.

About Delft Island

Called Pas uthivu or Nedunthivu (the island of cows) by natives, it was thus named Illha das Vaka by the Portuguese and renamed Delft by the Dutch, after the town in the Netherlands. It covers approximately 4700 hectares and is situated in Palk Strait.

The sparsely populated island is a coral reef island where the houses are fenced by coral-stones piled up.

Its barren plains are populated with wild horses which were introduced by the Portuguese in the 1600s and these horses are forbidden by law to leave the island.

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