SLN arrests 26 persons in Northern seas seeking refuge in Tamil Nadu

[TamilNet, Sunday, 30 November 2008, 20:46 GMT]
Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) arrested 26 persons, including a 6-months-old infant, who were trying to escape on boats on their way to Tamil Nadu seeking refuge. Civilians took the perilous journey to escape continuing artillery barrage and bombings of civilian settlements in Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) territories in Vanni. When the arrested refugees were produced before the Point Pedro magistrate Sunday, the Magistrate ordered the refugees to be placed in the Rehabilitation Camp.

The 26 arrested persons belong to 7 families.

The refugees said that they were arrested by SLN as they were heading to Tamil Nadu from LTTE held Chu'ndikku'lam area because their boats had run dry of fuel.

The SLN who arrested the refugees had handed them over to Point Pedro police Saturday evening.


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