Suspected Rohingya Muslims detained by coast guard

The coast guard detained 32 suspected Rohingya Muslims who fled India by boat, Navy Spokesman Lieutenant Commander Chandima Walakuluge said.

He said the boat was detained in the Northern seas and was brought ashore to Kankesanthurai (KKS).

Walakuluge told the Colombo Gazette that there were seven women and 16 children below the age of nine, including a 15 day old child and four month old child on the boat.

He said that two Indians were also arrested.

More than 1 million Rohingya live in apartheid-like conditions in Myanmar‘s Rakhine State, where many in the Buddhist majority consider them interlopers from Bangladesh. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. The muslims are illegal immigrants from overpopulated Bangladesh infiltrating across Asia because of natural catastrophes, hunger and other reasons. When caught, the illegal muslim migrants are told by the smugglers to identify themselves as so-called rohingya from Myanmar to avoid deportation to Bangladesh. Even muslims in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar are also illegal migrants from Bangladesh.

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