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Sri Lankan Navy recovers dead body of Rameswaram fisherman

ANI  |  Rameswaram (Tamil Nadu), [India] 

The body of a 55-year-old was recovered by the during a dedicated rescue mission to locate a group of distressed Indian fishermen near the on Sunday, an official statement from the confirmed.

The deceased has been identified as from in

Munnasami was one of the nine fishermen reportedly apprehended by the near the shore of the on Sunday morning. After providing prompt to these fishermen, they were first interrogated at and later handed over to

As of now, the is in the process of handing over the body to the for further probe.

"The Navy spotted over 500 Indian trawlers poaching in Sri Lankan territorial waters, close to the on Saturday and seized two trawlers and arrested nine Indian fishers who trespassed on Sri Lankan territorial waters. Other 11 fishermen and their trawler were arrested in the sea area of Thalaimannar," according to the Sri Lankan Navy.

It further stated that the rest of the fishing vessels had escaped back to the Indian waters.

Straying of Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen into each other's waters is a recurrent problem as territories on the sea are not clearly demarcated.

Last year in October, at least five Indian fishermen belonging to Nagapattinam in were detained by the Sri Lankan Navy from Neduntheevu in northern Sri Lanka, following which Chief Minister wrote a letter to Narendra Modi, urging him to secure the release of fishermen lodged in Sri Lankan prisons.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 12:21 IST