A court in Sri Lanka has extended till May 29 the remand of five Tamil Nadu fishermen, who were arrested on May 1 by the navy for allegedly fishing in territorial waters.
The arrested fishermen from nearby Thangachimadam, who were lodged in a prison at Vavuniya, were brought to the court in Thalaimannar, where the judge extended their remand.
The five were arrested and their boat impounded when they were fishing near Katchatheevu in the early hours of May 1, said office-bearers of the Fishermen Association.
They had earlier been produced before a judicial court in that country and remanded till May 15.
The TN government had subsequently taken up the issue with the Centre, with Chief Minister K Palaniswami objecting to their arrest, saying it can only be seen as an act to derail the diplomatic bid to resolve the issues pertaining to fishing.