More asylum seekers arrested

The Navy arrested 76 people bound for Australia in two multi-day trawlers over the weekend, the navy media unit said today.

A trawler name “Rashith Putha” with 24 people on board  including 12 Tamils ( 10 men and 02 women) and 12 Muslims and another other multi-day trawler name “ Sadev Putha I ” with 52 tamil persons including 45 men , 05 woman and 02 children on board were intercepted off Trincomalee and Manalkadu respectively.

The asylum seekers are residents of Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaithivu, Trincomalee, Muttur, Ampara, Batticaloa, Kinniya, Maradankeny, Chavakachcheriya and Peduruthuduwa.

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