Bangladeshi, Myanmar nationals detained in Mirihana

The 138 Bangladeshi and Myanmar nationals have been ordered to be detained at the Mirihana police detention center.

According to the police media unit, the order was given by the Akaraipattu Magistrate.

The Magistrate had ordered that they be remanded till Friday and be detained at the Mirihana special detention center.

In a 20-hour search and rescue operation, the Navy had rescued the 138 Bangladeshi and Myanmar nationals after their overcrowded wooden vessel began to sink in the seas 50 nautical miles east of Oluwil on Saturday night.

They were brought to the Oluvil Fisheries Harbour and six of them, 4 males and 2 females, were rushed to the Akaraipattu Base Hospital for treatment for acute dehydration.

The group consisting of 127 Bangladeshis and 11 Myanmar Nationals that included 132 males, 3 females and 3 children, had been stranded at sea for 10 days when the navy rescued them in a response to a request made by the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. (Colombo Gazette)