Navy stops boat heading to Australia

The Navy arrested 86 people who were bound for Australia illegally on two multi-day trawlers today.

The trawler named “Senesha Duwa” with 67 people including 58 Tamils and 09 Sinhalese on board and the other named “Seloni Duwa” with 19 persons including 14 Tamils and 05 Sinhalese on board were intercepted 20 nautical miles off Chilaw.

Among the people arrested are 79 men, 02 women and 05 children (02 boys and 03 girls).

They are residents of Jaffna, Mullaithivu, Vavuniya, Kilinochchi, Chilaw, Mannar, Negombo and Anamaduwa.

All were brought to the Modara Fisheries Harbour to be handed over to the CID for further investigations.