The Navy this morning (11th November 2019) held 11 Sri Lankan nationals attempting to illegally migrate to the la Réunion Island by sea route.
Accordingly, the Navy and Chilaw Police, during a search carried out at the estuary of Chilaw, have spotted a group of suspected persons. The 11 suspects were believed to be on an attempted to illegally migrate to the la Réunion Island, France. Accordingly, the suspects who arrived at the location by a small truck were taken into custody, as they were getting ready to leave the island’s shores by boat.
The apprehended persons have been recognized as residents of Udappuwa from 25 to 57 years of age. The suspects along with the truck were handed over to the Chilaw Police for onward investigation.
The Navy has been able to successfully crack down on human smuggling activities due to constant vigilance and regular patrols in territorial waters in recent months.