A Navy patrol, in the seas off Kalmunai, arrested 67 individuals trying to illegally migrate from the country and seized a local fishing trawler on 8 July, the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) said.
Accordingly SLN Ship (SLNS) Ranarisi intercepted a suspicious multiday fishing trawler carrying the group of 67. Among them were, 53 males including six smugglers, six females and eight children.
The illegal migrants were identified as residents of Mannar, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu, Trincomalee and Batticaloa. They will be handed over to the Trincomalee Harbour Police for onward legal action.