Italy arrests captain and a crew member over migrant boat sinking

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Rome, April 21: The Italian authorities have arrested captain and a crew member of a boat that capsized off Libya in which as many as 800 migrants feared dead, BBC reported on Tuesday.

The boat was capsized on Sunday off the Libya coast.

Two arrested over migrant boat sinking

The arrested Captain and crew members were among 27 survivors who arrived in Sicily late on Monday. They were arrested on suspected charges of human trafficking.

Both were arrested after European Union (EU) announced measures to address migrant crisis in the Mediterranean.

Search and rescue operations will be intensified and there will be a campaign to destroy traffickers' boats.

Read More: Mediterranean boat capsize: UN calls for 'comprehensive' response

A homicide investigation has been opened into the disaster, said Italian Infrastructure Minister Graziano Delrio.

About 800 people died in Sunday's boat sinking tragedy, announced UN refugee agency. Earlier death toll was announced 700.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday called for a "comprehensive and collective" response to ensure "a robust search and rescue capacity in the Mediterranean after a boat capsize off the Libyan coast.

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