Navy foils illegal immigration attempt and apprehends 06 persons in Mannar

The Sri Lanka Navy apprehended 06 persons suspected of illegal immigration to a foreign country via sea. The apprehension was made during a search operation conducted off Erukkalampiddi, Mannar on 05th May 2023. The operation also led to the seizure of a dinghy used for this illegal act.

The Navy often conducts search operations in the coastal areas surrounding the island as illegal immigration poses serious consequences for the safety and security of the countries involved. As an extension of these operations, SLNS Gajaba in the North Central Naval Command made this apprehension, having spotted a suspicious dinghy in the sea area of Erukkalampiddi. The dinghy was carrying 06 individuals and among them were 02 males (including the boat skipper), 01 female and 03 children.

The suspects are identified as residents of Vavuniya and Mannar areas. The group of individuals were handed over to the Mannar Police for onward legal proceedings.