Navy arrests 10 illegal immigrants

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The Navy arrested 10 individuals, suspected to be illegal immigrants, during a special operation conducted in waters off Kurusapadu, Talaimannar on 16 August night.

The Navy has been conducting regular operations and patrols covering the sea and coastal areas islandwide to suppress illegal migration and other illegal activities. In a similar operation, Inshore Patrol Craft P 175 of SLNS Buwaneka in the North Central Naval Command intercepted a suspicious dinghy in the sea area of Kurusapadu on 16 August night.  On closer inspection, the Navy arrested 10 individuals who were suspected to be illegal immigrants. Among the arrested individuals were; four males including two boat operators and two females who are over 18 years and four other individuals below 18 years. The Navy also seized the dinghy used for this illegal sea voyage. The suspects are residents of Pesalai, Urumalai, Kilinochchi, and Kantale and they were handed over to the Talaimannar Police for onward legal action.

As human smugglers organise these types of trips using unseaworthy vessels to make fast money, the Navy urges the public to refrain from risking their lives by engaging in perilous sea voyages and becoming victims. (NV)