The Sri Lankan Navy apprehended at least two Indian fishermen for allegedly trying to smuggle a large amount of heroin worth Rs 1 crore near Sri Lanka's Mannar Island Lighthouse on Friday evening.
Acting on a tip-off, the navy seized 425-gm heroin and 100 bundles of beedi leaves from them. The fishermen, who hailed from Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu, have been handed over to the Mannar Police for legal action.
Fishermen from both the countries are apprehended on a regular basis for violating each other's territorial waters or doing suspicious activities.
Last Saturday, the Sri Lankan Navy apprehended 12 Indian fishermen for allegedly fishing near Neduntheevu island in Palk Strait in northern Sri Lanka.