Aug 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has intercepted a trawler and arrested 21 illegal migrants in the deep seas last night (05).
Naval personnel attached to a Fast Attack Craft belonging to the Western Naval Command, during their patrol to curb transnational crime in the territorial waters of the island, apprehended 21 suspects onboard a suspicious trawler plying in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Sri Lanka Sunday, the Navy said.
The arrested migrants are between 17 and 41 years of age and include 19 males and 2 females.
The migrants and the vessel have been brought to the Colombo harbor this morning.
The Navy has provided treatment to some of the arrested people and handed them over to the Colombo Ports Police for further investigations.