Apr 05, Galle: Sri Lanka Navy intercepted and arrested 38 illegal migrants bound for Australia early Thursday morning in the Southwestern seas and handed them over to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) for further investigations.
A fast Naval Patrol Craft attached to the Southern Naval Command has intercepted the fishing trawler with the 38 people onboard in the sea 18 nautical miles off southwest of Kalutara.
The group of 35 Tamils, 2 Sinhalese and one Muslim included 24 men, 5 women and 9 children.
They are being brought to Galle Harbor to be handed over to the CID for further investigations, the navy said.
Meanwhile, Australia returned 20 Sri Lankan boat people recently arrived in the country home Thursday bringing the total number of voluntarily and involuntarily returned asylum seekers to 963.
Despite Sri Lanka Navy's efforts and Australia's recent measures to return asylum seekers back to home country, attempts to migrate by would-be asylum seekers continue.