The navy arrested 58 people off Boulder Point in Trincomalee while they were heading to Australia today.
The navy said that the people were in a multi-day trawler named “Devmini” when it was intercepted by a fast naval patrol craft attached to the Eastern Naval Command 19 nautical miles off Boulder Point in Trincomalee.
Among those arrested were 35 Tamils, 3 Sinhalese and 20 Muslims including 44 males, 6 women and 8 children.
The navy said that the arrested people are residents of Jaffna, Vavuniya, Batticaloa, Muthur, Kalpitiya, Negombo, Mullaithivu and Trincomalee.
They were escorted to the Trincomale Harbour to be handed over to the CID for further investigations.