Sri Lanka Navy apprehended a neighborhood multiday fishing trawler with 54 people, suspected to be on an unlawful migration try and Australia through sea, throughout a search operation carried out within the japanese seas of the island within the wee hours of twenty seventh June 2022 .
Within the search operation mounted in seas east of Batticaloa this morning, SLNS Rathnadeepa intercepted a suspicious native multiday fishing trawler carrying 54 individuals who had been suspected to be making an attempt to illegally migrate from the island to Australia. Among the many apprehended people had been 52 males together with 05 individuals concerned on this racket and 02 females. Together with the suspects, the fishing vessel used for this unlawful act was additionally held by the Navy.
The suspects held on this operation are residents of Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Mullaitivu and Jaffna, aged 19 to 53. They are going to be handed over to the Trincomalee Harbour Police for onward authorized proceedings.
In the meantime, the Australian authorities doesn’t sponsor such unlawful immigrants, who’re arrested and deported instantly. The Navy urges the general public to keep away from being convicted earlier than the legislation by being caught within the entice of smugglers who mislead the harmless to earn quick buck. The Navy additionally warns the general public that their lives might be in grave hazard by making an attempt to make unlawful immigration utilizing unsafe vessels.