Navy apprehends 8 persons engaged in illegal activities

Naval troops attached to SLNS Therapuththa in Mannar, apprehended 3 Sri Lankan fishermen along with a Fiber Glass Dinghy while engaging in illegal fishing in the waters of Silawathura on 2nd March 2016. During the raid 10 oxygen cylinders, 2 diving masks, 4 pairs of diving fins, 2 lobsters and 60 sea cucumbers were also apprehended. The apprehended fishermen and the items were handed over to the Silawathura Police for onward action.

On the same day, naval personnel attached to SLNS Thambapanni in Puttalam, in coordination with the Mundalama Police, arrested 5 persons along with equipment, while engaging in treasure-hunting in Kadayamotai area in Mundalama. A van, which was in their possession, was also taken into custody. The accused along with the apprehended items were handed over to the Mundalama Police for further investigations.