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The Sri Lankan Navy arrested 86 Indian fishermen and seized the 10 fishing boats which belonged to them on Thursday night for allegedly poaching in the country's waters, said Naval officials.

The arrests took place off the eastern coast of Mullaithivu, Naval spokesman Commander Indika Silva said, reports PTI.

Police will take charge of the fishermen at the port city of Trincomalee, reports The Indian Express.

According to Sri Lankan fishermen, since the advent of the new government in the country, the breaching of their waters for illegal fishing has increased.

Sri Lankan fisheries officials said that talks between the two countries (to discuss the issue) scheduled for 5 March have been postponed.