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Sri Lanka arrests Indian fishermen after talks with Indian PM Modi

Published on Jun 1, 2014 9:10 PM

COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's navy said on Sunday that it had seeized 29 Indian fishermen, the first arrests since President Mahinda Rajapakse and India's new premier held talks on resolving the thorny issue of poaching.

The navy arrested the Indians along with six trawlers off the island's north-west coast on Sunday, a navy statement said.

"The arrested fishermen and the trawlers were handed over to the officials of the department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources... for legal action," it said.

It was the first arrest since Mr Rajapakse ordered the release of all Indian fishermen from Sri Lankan jails as a goodwill gesture marking the swearing-in of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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