Indonesia arrests 18 migrants firm for Australia

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Indonesian military in in Sukabumi mount subsequent to a organisation of migrants arrested after being found stranded in a waters off Java island when their vessel ran out of fuel as they attempted to strech Australia, on Sep 23, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

Indonesian military in in Sukabumi mount subsequent to a organisation of migrants arrested after being found stranded in a waters off Java island when their vessel ran out of fuel as they attempted to strech Australia, on Sep 23, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

SUKABUMI: 

Indonesian military have arrested 18 migrants who were stranded in a waters off Java island after their vessel ran out of fuel as they attempted to strech Australia, an central said.

The organisation from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan had boarded a wooden vessel from Pameungpeuk beach in West Java and were streamer to Australia’s remote Christmas Island, district immigration arch Filianto Akbar told reporters late Wednesday night.

“They dictated to go to Christmas Island though their vessel ran out of fuel and drifted nearby a beach in Cianjur district on Wednesday,” he said. “They asked flitting fishermen for help, who afterwards sensitive a police.”

Sixteen migrants were taken to an immigration apprehension centre while dual others were still being questioned by police, Akbar said, adding that a boat’s captain and dual organisation members had also been arrested.

Australia’s regressive supervision introduced hardline immigration policies in 2013 permitting authorities to forestall haven seekers from attempting to arrive on a mainland.

Published in The Express Tribune, Sep 25th, 2015.

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