26 Tamils on illegal ferry journey nabbed

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Twenty-six Sri Lankan Tamils were nabbed by Indian Coast Guard while on an illegal voyage to Australia in a ferry off Andaman coast and deported to their country today.

They were brought here by Andaman Police and sent back to Sri Lanka by a Spice Jet flight this morning, airport sources said.

They said coast guard personnel, on a patrol, intercepted the ferry in which the 26 Lankan nationals were travelling off Andaman two days ago.

During questioning, the occupants told officials that they were proceeding to Australia in search of job and had paid the boat operator lakhs of rupees. As they were found travelling without any documents, Coast Guard personnel detained and handed them over to Andaman Police which brought

them here. Ever since the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka in 2009, there had been several instances of Lankan Tamils taking the illegal route to reach Australia looking for greener pastures.

Australia has warned that such illegal immigrants would not be given asylum. (PTI)
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  • Noah Don Friday, 04 April 2014 06:02 AM

    Well said. Living in poverty is one thing, but having no future in a country so bad that living in a jugle overseas is better.

    ABC Thursday, 03 April 2014 01:51 PM

    Greener pasture at any cost. Wonder how they know they are from SL if no paper proof. Can be from TN? via DM Android App

    Boatman Thursday, 03 April 2014 02:12 PM

    Economic migrants. Exploited by people traffickers by their fairy tale stories of rags to riches in Australia. Diaspora too encourages misguided boat people to strengthen their case on non existent rights violations in Sri Lanka. via DM iPad app

    Waco Friday, 04 April 2014 02:40 AM

    Are these boat load of people not from India itself? For propaga purposes are they not using the name of Sri Lanka?

    yuri Friday, 04 April 2014 05:37 AM

    who would like to live in the Barbarians Land. get out of here boys. get better live. Now they again looking for LTTE can you imagine


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