July 13, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Navy strongly denied a statement made in a newspaper report which quoting Navy Spokesman said that the occupants of the 'ghost ship' appeared to be either Indians or Pakistanis.
Ceylon Today newspaper in a report published on 13th July 2019 under the heading 'Wide probe on ghost ship' quoted the Navy Spokesman as saying that "It appears that those onboard this ghost ship could be either Indians or Pakistanis."
The Sri Lanka Navy Media Coordinator for the Commander of the Navy Lieutenant Commander WMIRL Suriyabandara writing to the Chief Editor of 'Ceylon Today' newspaper strongly denied the statement and informed the editor of the newspaper to take corrective action on the false statement made by the journalist.
The navy seized a fishing vessel in deep seas South of Galle on Thursday (11th July), while plying without flag state and registration markings on the hull and detained the nine foreigners onboard after finding about 60 kg of substances suspected to be narcotics.
The Navy said further investigations will be carried out to reveal the identity of the vessel and persons aboard.
Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Navy suspects the Sri Lankan multi-day fishing boat apprehended on 10th July 2019 off Galle along with 04 crew members and suspected narcotic samples onboard also has a link with the 'ghost ship' that was taken into custody by the Navy on 11th July.
However, the suspects and suspected narcotic samples are to be handed over to the Police Narcotics Bureau for further investigation.