By Saman Indrajith
Minister of State for Fisheries Kanchana Wijesekera told Parliament yesterday (09) that the Security Council and the Navy had been informed of an increase in the number of Indian fishing vessels in Sri Lankan territorial waters during the past few days, and measures would be taken to beef up security in the Mannar sea area and arrest the Indian poachers encroaching on Sri Lankan territorial waters.
The Minister was responding to a question raised by TNA Vanni District MP Charles Nirmalanathan regarding the Indian fishing trawlers encroaching in Mannar, Mullaitivu and Jaffna waters and the protest by fishermen in the Mannar District.
State Minister Wijesekara said that the Navy had been informed about the issue, adding that a large number of people had to be deployed for the special operation to douse the fire that broke out on the MT New Diamond super tanker during the past few days. The Minister also noted that due to the prevailing Covid-19 threat there was an issue with regard to detaining Indian fishermen who were taken into custody by the Sri Lankan Navy. The Minister said however that action would be taken in that regard in the near future.