Navy nets seven illegal immigrants


The Navy arrested seven persons who were suspected to be attempting to illegally migrate from the country by sea, during a night patrol conducted in waters off Talaimannar on 6 July. In addition, the Navy also arrested two human smugglers who planned the journey.

The Navy has been conducting regular operations and patrols covering the sea and coastal areas islandwide with the aim of curbing illegal migration and other illegal activities. As an extension of these efforts, an Inshore Patrol Craft attached to SLNS Thammanna in the North-Central Naval Command made this interception having spotted a suspicious dinghy off Talaimannar, during a night patrol conducted on 6 July. Seven individuals who were suspected to be attempting to illegally migrate by sea and two human smugglers were arrested by the Navy. A dinghy used for the trip was seized. Among the illegal immigrants are one male, three females, and three children.

The individuals are aged nine months to 43 years and are residents of Kilinochchi and Pesalai. They were handed over to the Talaimannar Police for onward legal action.

To make fast money, smugglers cheat the innocent and organise these kinds of trips using unsafe vessels. As such, the Navy urges the public not to risk their lives by engaging in perilous sea voyages.