The Sri Lanka Navy has arrested 1 thousand 584 persons who attempted to illegally travel to Australia during this year.
Navy Media Spokesperson Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya stated that these persons were arrested from the Western and Eastern coasts.
The majority of those arrested are Tamils, while the group also comprised Sinhalese and Muslims.
Meanwhile, Indonesian police are holding 50 Sri Lankan asylum-seekers in custody two days after they were found stranded and starving in a faulty boat drifting off Sumatra.
Fishermen found the asylum seekers, who were trying to reach Australia, on Thursday on a boat with a broken engine and brought them ashore.
They are now in the custody of police in the town of Sikakap.