Northern fishermen protest against Indian infiltration


Northern fisherfolk staged a protest on Friday, January 21 calling for the adoption of measures to prevent Indian fishermen from infiltrating into the Northern waters.

Hundreds of people from various fisher associations in the Northern Province participated in the protest in Karainagar on Friday morning carrying banners and placards calling on the Sri Lankan and the Indian Governments not to permit Indian fishermen to hamper their livelihood.

Organisers of the demonstration said that for the past ten years they suffered immensely due to the infiltration of Indian fishermen and their crossing of the International Maritime Border Line (IMBL) should be stopped at any cost to protect the livelihoods of the Northern fisherfolk.

The fishermen said that due to the infiltration, the damage caused to the fishing nets and the marine resources ran into several millions of rupees over the past ten years.