Three Indians have been detained by the Sri Lankan Navy for their alleged involvement in a smuggling racket.
Sri Lankan Naval craft on patrol apprehended three Indian nationals and a boat engaged in a smuggling racket in the seas south of Mannar in north-west of the island nation yesterday, an official said today.
23 sacks of highly expensive dried sea cucumber weighing 1031 kilogrammes, a hand-held GPS and a mobile phone were also seized from them, the Sri Lankan Navy said in a statement.
"The smugglers are residents of Madras and Tuticorine in India and their boat was fitted with a two-cylinder inboard engine cleverly disguised with fishing gear to look like a fishing craft," it claimed.
The dried sea cucumber was neatly packed in sacks to be smuggled safely, it added.
The apprehended persons and the items were produced before Mannar Magistrate yesterday for legal action.
They are being brought to Colombo to be handed over to Sri Lanka Customs for further action, it said.