Navy arrests 116 Mannar Tamil civilians fleeing to Tamilnadu
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 15 August 2006, 09:16 GMT]
Sri Lanka Navy arrested Monday night around 11 p.m. about 116 Pesalai civilians fleeing from Mannar coast in two multi-day fishing boats to Tamilnadu. SLN personnel seized the two boats with refugees about five km in the Mannar Sea off Talaimannar Pier, sources said.
These civilians are permanent residents of Pesalai, sources said.
SLN personnel handed these civilians and eight boatmen, altogether 124 persons to the Talaimannar Police Tuesday morning for further interrogation, police sources said.