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Cops arrest 75 asylum seekers

2014 Feb 12

The police today arrested 75 people who were attempting to travel to New Zealand from Beruwala by boat illegally to seek asylum.

Police media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that among those arrested were 6 children and 9 women.

The would-be asylum seekers were arrested following information received by the Beruwala police about the group.

A van and a bus used to transport the group to the location in Beruwala from where they were to begin the boat journey were also seized.

The would-be asylum seekers had arrived from Batticaloa, the police spokesman said. He said that investigations have been launched to arrest the human smugglers involved in the operation.

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