Reports said that seven men were on the fishing boat registered in Sri Lanka.
The boat was identified as being registered under the name “Roshan” and was detained when it entered the waters off Reunion island.
Earlier this month another group of Sri Lankans had also reached Reunion island by boat and sought asylum.
Reunion island is now a new target for asylum seekers from Sri Lanka after Australia strengthened efforts to prevent asylum seekers from reaching Australia by boat. (Colombo Gazette)