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Ahead of Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Kollam, India on Monday, 36 Tamils from Sri Lanka have been detained and questioned to know how they reached Kerala, an official said Saturday.

They were staying in a lodge in Kollam since Wednesday. On Friday, they were spotted in areas where fishing boats are berthed.

Kollam Superintendent of Police Harshita Ataloori told IANS that they have not found anything of concern so far.

‘We do not want to take any chance. They are being questioned on how they reached here. So far it appears there is nothing suspicious,’ she said.

The Sri Lankans include a travel agent, five women and five children. There were two Tamils from Tamil Nadu with them.

After detailed questioning, the police found they were to be sent illegally on small fishing boats to the high seas and then transferred on ships bound for Australia.

The travel agent had asked the Sri Lankans to reach Kochi through various routes from Tamil Nadu. Police said the women and children were made to accompany the men to give the feeling that the Sri Lankans were tourists. (IANS)
 

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  • Saturday, 08 May 2010 11:09 AM

    The Travel Agent is the culprit.

    Saturday, 08 May 2010 11:25 AM

    This is a money involved scandal that OZ’s should take seriously.

    Saturday, 08 May 2010 11:47 AM

    This is a lucrative business for human smugglers at the expense of image of Sri Lankan Govt.

    Saturday, 08 May 2010 11:51 AM

    Q branch take over these guys will kill Rahul if they can

    Saturday, 08 May 2010 12:06 PM

    very intelligent comment

    Saturday, 08 May 2010 12:36 PM

    goodness gracious one should never travel to these '"Tamil territories" as you will be harrassed badly

    Saturday, 08 May 2010 01:12 PM

    India is one country and the Visa is valid for travel to any part of India, except the areas prohibited for entry by foreigners for security reasons. Therefore the high handedness of the security should be condemned as all Tamils in Sri Lanka are NOT TERRORISTS.

    Saturday, 08 May 2010 06:46 PM

    suffering Tamils want to escape brutality of Sinhalese!That is the truth!

    Monday, 10 May 2010 01:58 AM

    Actually even the sinhalese want to escape.


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