Sri Lanka Navy arrested 83 persons bound for Australia in 02 multi-day trawlers on 20th August 2012. A trawler named “Kavindi” with 39 persons including 31 Tamils (26 men, a woman, a girl and 3 boys) and 08 Sinhalese on board and the other named “Prasansani” with 44 persons including 35 Tamils, 06 Sinhalese and 03 Muslims (43 men and a woman) on board were intercepted 15 nautical miles off Trincomalee by a Fast Naval Patrol Craft attached to the Eastern Naval Command.
The arrested persons are residents of Jaffna, Mullaithivu, Trincomalee, Muttur, Kochchikade, Batticaloa, Habarana, Bulathsinhale, Balangoda, Kalpitiya, Padavi Sri-pura and Mannar. They were brought to Trincomalee Harbour to be handed over to the CID for further investigations. (Navy.lk)