Navy Spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya said that the headline appeared in one of the Weekend Newspapers regarding a violation of the immigration laws was incorrect.
Speaking to Prime News he said that the Navy Started searching for the Indian fishing trawler on 5th April after the Indian High Commission informed them of a missing fishing trawler that set sailing from Rameshwaram. The Navy Spokesman said that on the 6th of April a dead body was found off the Delft island and it was handed over to the Kytes Police. As there was suspicion that this could be a member of the missing Indian trawler Indian authorities were informed. As there was requirement for the relatives to identify the body and due to the urgency of the matter the two governments agreed to transfer relatives of the two missing members, in keeping with the past practice when dealing with related to missing fishermen. On the 9th six relatives of the two missing members were brought by the Indian Coast Guard to the maritime boundary and thereafter handed them over to the Sri Lankan authorities in liaison with the Police and the Indian Consulate in Jaffna. They were brought for identification, subsequent formalities and last rites. He said that it was arranged by the Sri Lankan authorities as a humanitarian gesture and should not have been given the interpretation of violating immigration laws.