The Navy has apprehended 26 persons along with a dinghy and a local multi day fishing trawler, who are suspected of attempting to migrate illegally.
They were nabbed during a patrol and search operation conducted off Veththalakerni in northern waters on Sep. 15th and 16th.
The group of individuals are suspected to be on an illegal migration attempt to a foreign country via sea, when they were apprehended by the Navy.
Among the apprehended persons were 12 males including the boat operator and 04 females over 18 years and 05 more individuals who are below 18 years of age. Further, the Navy also took hold of the dinghy used by them for this illegal act.
Meanwhile, P 178 engaged in further search in the sea area intercepted a local multiday fishing trawler with 05 operators of the trawler, off Veththalakerni this morning. It is suspected that the trawler has remained in the sea area to take the above group of individuals by illegal means to a foreign country.
The 26 persons held in this search operation are residents of Pooneryn, Uduththurei, Ottamawadu and Valaichchenai areas and the individuals together with the dinghy and multiday fishing trawler will be handed over to the Maradankeni Police, Jaffna for onward legal action, the Navy notes.