The police arrested 23 asylum seekers at Kalawanchikudi while they were preparing to go to a foreign destination by boat this morning.
According to the police media unit the asylum seekers were arrested along the shores of Chetipalayalam.
Among those arrested are 14 Tamils and 9 Sinhalese nationals. All are residents of Kalawanchikudi and Vavuniya.
The police said they suspect that the asylum seekers were preparing to head to Australia.
Investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette)