Coast Guard: Cross-border fishing dangerous

Despite enhanced patrolling by the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and the Indian Navy (IN), cross-border fishing has not stopped in Palk Bay, the coast guard has said. It said fishermen crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line may be potential targets for non-state actors in the conduct of anti-national activities.

It has further warned that “these non-state actors may utilise these Indian fishing vessels to orchestrate serial blasts similar to the one carried out in Mumbai on 26/11.

In such a situation, the entire coast of Tamil Nadu and other eastern coasts of India will be vulnerable.

“In a suggestion to the state government, the coast guard pointed out that post-26/11, other coastal states such as Gujarat had instituted ‘No Fishing Zones’ along the Indo-Pak IMBL and had also instituted strict punitive measures against defaulters.

Similar strict orders would be required in the case of the Indo-Sri Lanka IMBL to avoid cross-border fishing. These warnings and suggestions have been made in the form of an affidavit before the Madurai bench of the Madras high court, seeking to vacate its earlier interim order which directed the Coast Guard and the navy to enhance security for Tamil fishermen who were prone to attacks perpetrated by alien regimes.

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