17 Feb '11, 1am

www.SriLankaVIP.com Sri Lanka arrests over 100 Indian fishermen: COLOMBO - Sri Lanka arrested 112 Indian fisherm...

COLOMBO - Sri Lanka arrested 112 Indian fishermen accused of poaching off the island's north, officials said Wednesday, stoking tensions between the two countries over the narrow strip of sea dividing them. Local fishermen seized the Indians on Tuesday and handed them over to the local police, the force's spokesman Prishantha Jayakody said. "We are taking the Indian fishermen before a magistrate later today and will charge them with illegally entering our territorial waters," Jayakody said. "There is a total of 112 Indian fishermen in police custody." The mass arrest came as tension rose along the murky waters of the Palk Strait separating the South Asian neighbours, with the killing last month of two Indian fishermen. Indian authorities accused Sri Lanka's navy of gunning down the Indians while Colombo flatly denied its navy fired at the intruding fishermen. Last month, I...

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