Sri Lanka Navy arrested 147 persons illegally bound for Australia in 02 multi-day trawlers yesterday (28).
One of the trawlers named “Jethsameny” with 66 persons including 64 Tamils and 02 Sinhalese on board was intercepted 22 nautical miles off Beruwala and the other named “Panchali Duwa 4” with 81 persons including 59 Tamils and 22 Sinhalese on board was intercepted 20 nautical miles off Chilaw.
Among the arrested persons are 147 men and a woman. They are residents of Jaffna, Mullaithivu, Trincomalee, Vavuniya, Batticaloa, Kilinochchi, Chilaw, Puttlam, Colombo, Negombo, Kurunegala and Mannar. All were brought to Modara Fisheries Harbour to be handed over to the CID for further investigations.