The 14 persons who were allegedly abducted on an Australia bound vessel from Kudawella-matara have been handed over to a special police unit in Matara by the Criminal Investigations department.
Police Media Spokesperson SSP Prishantha Jayakodi commenting on the incident noted that the three fisherman on board the multi-day fishing trawler
were missing amongst the intercepted.
When the craft named 'Chejan' had set course for Australia on the 14th of this month 6 persons had been on board.
Police commenting on the incident noted that a group on board another craft had assaulted those on board Chejan at mid sea, while two of the assault victims had been rescued by the navy.
Consequently it was reported that the individual who had steered the craft had fled with the assault group, while 3 other fisherman were pronounced missing.