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13 Sri Lankan fishermen held in Paradip

Paradip: Thirteen Sri Lankan fishermen were held as three trawlers were seized by Coast Guard near here on Monday after illegally entering the area off Orissa coast.

"Coast Guard ship "Saranga" intercepted the trawlers after spotting them during routine patrolling and handed over the 13 fishermen on board to the marine police here," in-charge of Paradip marine police station, Tejraj Patel said.

The fishermen, who hail from Sri Lanka, have been taken into custody and are being interrogated, he said.

The trawlers, containing a large quantity of sea fish, are being examined thoroughly by immigration and customs officials as well as police, he said.

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