The Navy arrested 54 people who were heading for Australia in a multi-day trawler in the early hours of today off Mirissa.
According to the Navy, the trawler named “Shadishna” was intercepted by a Fast Naval Patrol Craft attached to the Southern Naval Command 06 nautical miles off Mirissa.
Among the arrested asylum seekers were 47 Tamils, 05 Sinhalese and 02 Muslims.
Those arrested are residents of Jaffna, Vavuniya, Colombo, Kilinochchi, Mullaithivu and Trincomalee.
They were escorted to the Galle Harbour to be handed over to the CID for further investigations.