May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has arrested a family of illegal Tamil migrants when they were trying to enter the country through the sea.
A naval craft attached to SLNS Thammanna of the North Central Naval Command on routine patrol arrested the five Sri Lankan Tamil illegal immigrants on 23rd May 2014 in the seas off Mannar, the Navy reported.
Initial investigations have revealed that the family, comprising parents and their three children, were returning from India after staying in that country as refugees for a few years since leaving the island in 2002.
The family members included three youths aged 21, 19 and 15 years and their parents aged 44 and 38, Police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said.
The family has been handed over to Thalaimannar police for further investigations.