Colombo: Three Indian fishermen have been arrested by Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly poaching in the country's waters while six others were rescued in a separate instance.
Navy spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya said that three Indian fishermen were arrested along with their boat for poaching in Sri Lankan waters on Saturday night off the coast of Kankesanturai (KKS) in the north.
They are to be handed over to KKS police on Sunday. Separately, the Navy rescued six distressed Indian fishermen in the Gulf of Mannar off the northeast coast on Friday.
They were onboard a boat named 'Neranjana' and will be handed over to the Indian Coast Guards later.
Poaching by two countries' fishermen in each other's waters has been a recurring problem for the South Asian neighbours.