The Sri Lanka Navy earlier this morning (15) apprehended a total of 64 persons suspected to be on an illegal migration attempt via sea.
Among the apprehended individuals were 50 males including seven persons involved in this racket, 11 females and three children, all aged between 02 and 55, identified as residents of Trincomalee, Mullaitivu and Jaffna.
The suspects were later handed over to the Trincomalee Harbour Police for onward legal proceedings.
The Navy warned the public that continuous observations have been made of ruinous fishing vessels being used for such journeys and they are not at all seaworthy, thus posing a greater risk to their lives.
Moreover, the public were adviced to avoid being convicted before the law by being caught in such traps posed by smugglers.