S. Anandan

Kochi: The Navy handed over eight Somali nationals captured by it off the Kavaratti coast of Lakshadweep to the Harbour police here on Saturday.

The Navy's offshore patrol vessel INS Sujata spotted the Somalis on a boat and took them into custody about 100 km south of Kavaratti on Friday during a combing and sanitising operation.

The Harbour police identified the arrested as Abdullahi, 22, Saeed, 25, Mahad, 23, Abdi, 29, Gurey, 25, Endu, 31, Abbas, 35, and Farhan, 21. They were taken to General Hospital, Ernakulam, for a detailed medical examination.

Unconscious

On Thursday, the Minicoy police had recorded the arrest of another three Somali nationals after local fishermen found them in an unconscious state at the northern end of the island.