(NewsRadio); Five persons who were attempting to flee the country in a boat to India have been arrested in seas off Talaimannar.
Based on a tip-off received by the Sri Lanka Navy, three males and two females have been apprehended and handed over to the Talaimannar Police.
The arrested individuals, aged between 16 and 58 are residents of Pesalai, Vavuniya and Trincomalee.
They are scheduled to be produced before the Mannar Magistrate today.
The Talaimannar Police is investigating the incident.