Navy arrests 83 asylum seekers

The Sri Lanka Navy arrested 83 persons bound for Australia in two multi-day trawlers today, the navy said.

A trawler named “Kavindi” with 39 persons including 31 Tamils (26 men, a woman, a girl and 3 boys) and 8 Sinhalese on board and the other named “Prasansani” with 44 persons including 35 Tamils, 06 Sinhalese and 03 Muslims (43 men and a woman) on board were intercepted 15 nautical miles off Trincomalee by a fast naval patrol craft attached to the Eastern Naval Command.

The arrested persons are residents of Jaffna, Mullaithivu, Trincomalee, Muttur, Kochchikade, Batticaloa, Habarana, Bulathsinhale, Balangoda, Kalpitiya, Padavi Sri-pura and Mannar.

They were brought to the Trincomalee Harbour to be handed over to the CID for further investigations.