Illegal migration attempts thwarted by Navy

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Sri Lanka Navy apprehended two local multiday fishing trawlers carrying 101 persons, suspected to be on an illegal migration attempt to Australia, via sea, in two separate operations on 27 June.

 In the search operation mounted in seas off Negombo on 27 June, SLNS Nandimithra intercepted a suspicious local multiday fishing trawler carrying a group of people who were suspected to be attempting to illegally migrate from the island to Australia.

Among the apprehended individuals were 34 males, including five persons involved in this racket, six females and seven children. Along with the suspects, the fishing vessel used for this illegal act was also held by the Navy.

The suspects held in this operation are residents of Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Wennappuwa, Nattandiya, Chilaw and Batticaloa, aged from one to 50 years. They will be handed over to the Colombo Harbour Police for legal action.

 Meanwhile, the Navy apprehended a local multiday fishing trawler with 54 individuals, also suspected to be on an illegal migration attempt to Australia via sea, during a search operation carried out in the eastern seas on 27 June.

In the search operation mounted in seas east of Batticaloa, SLNS Rathnadeepa intercepted a suspicious local multiday fishing trawler carrying 54 persons. Among them were 52 males, including five persons involved in this racket and two females. Along with the suspects, the fishing vessel used for this illegal act was also held by the Navy.

 The suspects held in this operation are residents of Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Mullaitivu and Jaffna, aged 19 to 53. They will be handed over to the Trincomalee Harbour Police for legal action.

 Meanwhile, the Australian Government does not sponsor such illegal immigrants. They are arrested and deported immediately. The Navy urges the public to avoid being convicted before the law by being caught in the trap of smugglers who mislead the innocent to earn fast buck. The Navy also warns the public that their lives could be in grave danger by attempting to make illegal immigration using unsafe vessels.

(NV)