Sri Lanka: Navy Intercepts 77 Persons Illegally Bound for Australia
Sri Lanka Navy intercepted 77 persons illegally bound for Australia in a multi-day trawler on 28thSeptember 2012. The trawler named “Nirmani” was intercepted by a Fast Naval Patrol Craft attached to the Western Naval Command 20 nautical miles off Thoduwawa seas.
Among the arrested persons are 61 Tamils, 14 Sinhalese and 2 Muslims that included 75 males, a woman and a child. They are residents of Jaffna, Vavuniya, Batticaloa, Puttlam, Colombo, Udappuwa, Mannar, Chilaw and Kalpitiya. They were escorted to Modara Harbour to be handed over to the CID for further investigations.
Naval Today Staff, September 28, 2012; Image: Sri Lanka Navy