The Indian Coast Guard on Saturday apprehended a suspicious boat near Andaman and Nicobar Islands with 12 Myanmarese crew members.
According to officials, the boat was spotted first by a helicopter and is now being brought to Port Blair for the interrogation of its crew.
Earlier on October 24, the Coast Guard had arrested six Sri Lankan fishers allegedly for fishing in Indian waters. Indian Coast Guard’s personnel who were on a reconnaissance flight spotted the Sri Lankan vessel 75 nautical miles from Karaikal.
The information was passed to the Indian Coast Guard patrol vessel ICGS Abheek.
“The Sri Lankan vessel crossed the International Maritime Boundary Line and entered Indian waters when our personnel spotted it. When our vessel ICGS Abheek approached it, the Sri Lankan vessel tried to escape. We gave it a chase, and arrested the fishers on board,” said Commandant C Vivekananda, the Commanding Officer of the Indian Coast Guard unit in Karaikal.
Last year, the Indian Coast Guard had apprehended a Myanmarese boat with banned contraband approximately 125 nautical miles East of Little Andaman.