FORTY-FIVE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS DETAINED BY THE SRI LANKA NAVY
Forty-five illegal immigrants have been detained by the Sri Lanka Navy in the southern and western seas.
The immigrants were detained in two suspicious local multi-day fishing trawlers.
SLNS Gajabahu, which was patrolling the southern waters detained a multi-day fishing trawler which was operating off the southern coast with 26 persons onboard.
Meanwhile, a fast attack craft of the 04th Fast Attack Flotilla intercepted another suspicious local multi-day fishing trawler carrying 19 individuals in the western sea area today.
The suspects are residents of Kalpitiya, Chilaw, Puttalam, Negombo and Kilinochchi areas. The individuals were suspected to be attempting to travel to a foreign country using the sea route.