Lankan Navy apprehends 86 Indians for trying to illegally enter its waters

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On Tuesday Sri Lankan Navy apprehended 86 Indians on board 11 fishing boats while
they were trying to illegally enter its waters, this came after there was increased strictness
against the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the island nation. “By virtue of special
patrols being conducted in the sea area close to the Palk Strait these days to prevent illegal
immigrants from entering Sri Lankan waters, the Navy was able to prevent 11 Indian fishing
vessels with 86 individuals, from their suspicious attempt to enter into Sri Lankan waters
today (4th May)," the Navy said in a statement.“Upon informing the Indian High
Commission and Indian Coast Guard, arrangements are in place to hand over the 11 Indian
fishing vessels and 86 persons to Indian authorities for onward action," the statement
said.On Monday the Navy said that it has tightened the sea water security around the island
and has deployed additional naval units to patrol the northern and western sea waters
to prevent the illegal entry of migrants, from India which could worsen the COVID-19
outbreak in the island nation of Sri Lanka.The Navy has also urged local fishery to
avoid coming in close contact with foriegn fishman or ships. On Tuesday,for the
eight consecutive day the daily number of coronavirus cases reported in Lanka
crossed the 1,000-mark.

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