India takes up with Sri Lanka stone-pelting of Indian fishing boats

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, January 23, 2012

India today said it had taken up with Sri Lankan authorities the reported incidents involving stone-pelting of some Indian fishing boats in Sri Lankan waters.
The official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs said, in response to a question on the issue, that the Government had seen reports about the alleged incident.
"Separately, it is also understood that two Indian fishing boats which were stranded off the coast of Sri Lanka due to engine trouble were assisted by the Sri Lankan authorities and taken to Talaimannar on the coast of Sri Lanka," he said.
The spokesperson said officials of the Consulate General of India in Jaffna/ High Commission of India in Colombo, who had been in touch with the nine fishermen who were on these boats, had confirmed that the fishermen and their boats were expected to return to India today. 
The Sri Lanka Navy have escorted them to the International Maritime Boundary Line and handed them over to the Indian Coast Guard at 1600 hours, he added.