The navy arrested 88 would-be asylum seekers off the Batticaloa seas early this morning.
Navy spokesman Kosala Warnakulasooriya said that the boat was believed to be heading to Australia when it was stopped by navy patrol boats.
Among those on the boat are women and children, the navy said.
The asylum boat is now being brought to Trincomalee where the asylum seekers will be handed over to the police. (Colombo Gazette)