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Sri Lanka Navy intercepted two multi-day trawlers carrying 147 asylum seekers who were on their way to Australia. One of the trawlers was intercepted in the sea 22 nautical miles off Beruwala while the other was intercepted 20 nautical miles off Chilaw.

One of the trawlers named ‘Jethsameni’ had 64 Tamils and two Sinhalese on board. The other trawler named ‘Panchali Duwa 4’ had 59 Tamils and 22 Sinhalese on board.

They are residents of Jaffna, Mullaithivu, Trincomalee, Vavuniya, Batticaloa, Kilinochchi, Chilaw, Puttlam, Colombo, Negombo, Kurunegala and Mannar. They were brought to the Modera Fisheries Harbour and handed over to the CID for further investigations. (Supun Dias)
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  • john Wednesday, 29 August 2012 03:30 AM

    If they are accepted in another country ,please allow them to settle down there.

    Ranil Tuesday, 28 August 2012 09:49 AM

    Why should Navy waste their money and time to catch these people, if other countries accept them. Let it to be a headache to those accepting countries.

    Kondeybendapucheena Tuesday, 28 August 2012 10:33 AM

    Please let them go why to waist public money,Srilanka had problems with war in the Past and if some one cliaming Asylum after three yaers end of the war and country is peacefull and heading towards rightway,who grant the asylum must be crazy

    Anura Gunawardane Tuesday, 28 August 2012 11:27 AM

    i am not sure how many people caught by Navy during last few months. I am sure it is around 1500 persons. if each person pays at least 200,000 per trip 300 million already collected by orginiser of these trips. Cant be individual boat owners for sure
    who are they


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