Police arrest 12 asylum seekers

The police have arrested 12 people who attempted to go to Australia by boat illegally from Chilaw and Mahawewa, the police media unit said today.

All 12 people were arrested yesterday by the Chilaw police intelligence unit together with two vans and a motorbike, the police said.

The failed asylum seekers are said to be from Lunuwila, Mahawewa, Chilaw, Mullaitivu, Puthukudirippu, Jaffna and Akarayankulam.

The Chilaw police are conducting further investigations.