The police arrested 11 people including 10 who were preparing to go overseas through illegal means from Kattankudy.
According to the police media unit, the would-be asylum seekers were arrested near the beach in Kattankudy.
Of the 11 people arrested one person was believed to have been a people smuggler, the police media unit said today.
All 10 people who were to go overseas are men and are residents of Palaly, Karavedi, Chavakacheri, Vadukotte and Kattankudi.
The police found water bottles, soft drinks, food and medicine in their possession at the time of the arrest.
They are to be produced before the Batticaloa Magistrate today. (Colombo Gazette)