Police have arrested 17 Sri Lankan immigrants who fled the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees shelter in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara in Indonesia on Saturday, the Jakarta Post said.
Antara state news agency reported on Saturday that seven of the illegal immigrants were being questioned at the Gading Cempaka police precinct in Bengkulu city, while 10 others were detained at the provincial police headquarters and in South Bengkulu police office.
According to investigators they were apprehended for not holding passports.
One of the immigrants, Arumugian Susikaran, said he and his friends had left their shelter for recreational trips.
“We just want to take a walk and visit tourist resorts here in Bengkulu,” Susikaran said.