SLN arrests 17 Tamil Nadu fishermen in Analaitheevu
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 19 November 2008, 15:42 GMT]
Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) arrested 17 Tamil Nadu fishermen in 5 boats Monday night for allegedly trespassing into Sri Lankan waters in the islet of Analaitheevu. Meanwhile, 17 civilians from Paranthan area fleeing from Sri Lanka Army (SLA) artillery attacks and Sri Lanka Air force (SLAF) reached the shore in Thenmaraadchi crossing Jafffna lagoon Monday were arrested by the Sri Lankan troops in the coastal sentry points.
The refugees were handed over to Chavakachcheari Police by the SLA. They were produced in Chaavakachcheari court. The magistrate ordered them to be placed in protective custody in Kurunakar Rehabilitation Centre and instructed that only government officials be permitted to deal with them.
The SLN handed over the Tamil Nadu fishermen to Oorkaavattu'rai police who produced them Wednesday in Oorkaavattu'rai court before magistrate Ms. Joy Mahatheva.
The magistrate ordered the fishermen to be detained in Jaffna Prison.