5 persons who had been held at an inn in the Katharagama area and were due to be sent to Australia have been arrested by the police.
According to the police media unit the individuals had been arrested based on a tip-off.
It also noted that those arrested were Tamil residents of the Udappuwa, Vavuniya,Mullaithive & Negombo areas.
The kingpin behind the racket had instructed the suspects to remain at the inn
expecting his return.
A special operation has been launched to nab the chief suspect.
Moreover 9 individuals who had illegally attempted to migrate over to Australia via sea have been placed under arrested by the Navy while at the Negombo coastal line.
The navy states that the vessel chartered by the individuals is due to be handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department for further investigations.