Police arrest asylum seekers

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)

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