It is reported that the Navy has arrested 26 persons illegally bound for Australia in a multi-day trawler yesterday.
The trawler named "Sindathri" with 22 Tamils and 04 Sinhalese on board was intercepted by a Fast Naval Patrol Craft attached to the Western Naval Command off Chilaw seas.
Among the arrested persons are 15 men, 05 women and 06 children.
They are residents of Jaffna, Vavuniya, Chilaw, Marawila and Negambo.
All individuals were subsequently brought to Mutual Fishery Harbor to be handed over to the CID for further investigations.