Navy seizes vessel with 32 foreign nationals in Kankasanthurai - Photos

Sunday, 30 April 2017 - 18:54

The Navy seized a boat with 32 foreign nationals in the sea, 12 miles off the coast of Kankasanthurai.

Media Spokesperson of the Navy, Lieutenant Commander Chaminda Walakuluge stated that the Coast Guard notified the Navy about this suspicious boat which had entered Sri Lankan territorial waters this morning.

The boat has been handed over to Kankasanthurai police after it was brought to the Kankasanthurai port.

It is reported that the boat, which can carry about 6 passengers, had carried 32 foreign nationals out of which 16 had been Myanmar national children under the age of 9.

The media spokesperson of the Navy stated that among the children were 15 day old and 4 month old infants.

Also among the arrested were two Indian nationals and 7 Myanmar national women and 7 Myanmar national men.

Investigations thus far have revealed that the faction had been travelling from India to another country when their vessel has capsized.

Kankasanthurai police stated that several Indian fishermen who were in the vicinity had transported the faction to Sri Lankan territorial waters in one of their boats.

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