Navy apprehends 2 Indian nationals with 710 kg of glyphosate

An Inshore Patrol Craft (IPC) attached to the North Central Naval Command intercepted an Indian fishing dhow in Sri Lankan territorial waters south of Mannar Lighthouse this morning (25 November). When the dhow was searched 710 kg of agrochemical substance ‘glyphosate’ was recovered and the 2 Indian nationals aboard were subsequently arrested by the Navy.

It is believed that the suspects have attempted to smuggle the consignment into Sri Lanka via sea in the guise of fishermen. The apprehended Indian nationals, consignment of glyphosate, fishing dhow and other equipment were brought to the naval base, SLNS Gajaba and they were subsequently handed over to the Mannar Police for onward legal action.