Fifteen Sri Lankan Tamils arrested by the Kollam police on June 3 after busting a human trafficking racket and later released from judicial custody on August 17 will be deported to Sri Lanka from the Thiruvananthapuram airport on Saturday morning.
Though they were released from judicial custody, the court had made it clear that they were not free and would be lodged at Gandhi Bhavan, a charity home at Pathanapuram, near here, till completion of the formalities for their deportation. They were not permitted to leave the charity home premises.
District Collector P.G. Thomas said on Friday that the formalities for their deportation had been completed by the Sri Lankan High Commission in Chennai. The Collector directed the police to transport them to the Thiruvananthapuram airport early Saturday morning and hand them over to the emigration authorities.
They were arrested for violating the Foreigners Act by being in the country without proper travel documents. They were part of a group of 151 Sri Lankan Tamils, including women and children, who were about to be smuggled out in a crude fishing boat to Australia.
They said they had paid money ranging from Rs.50,000 to Rs.1 lakh to agents of human traffickers for getting them to Australia. The majority of those arrested were Sri Lankan Tamil refugees housed in various refugee camps in Tamil Nadu.
Those from the camps were identified and sent back to the respective camps. But 15 men who directly came from Sri Lanka without any travel documents were arrested. The court released them from judicial custody under the provisions of a Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) notification which classifies them as victims and not accused persons. (The Hindu)
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Comments - 9
Mohammed Hiraz Saturday, 29 September 2012 03:08 PM
Pls don't go 2 India await India and go other countries
Nodrog Saturday, 29 September 2012 03:54 PM
Vaiko, do something, please fight for these guys.
AMG Saturday, 29 September 2012 06:39 PM
Even from India ??????
jacob Sunday, 30 September 2012 03:54 AM
LTTE is transporting these guys to work as slaves in foreign countries and earn money for them.
xlntgson Sunday, 30 September 2012 05:20 AM
# mohamed hiraz, Avoid India? In India, freebies available to voters, free rice 20 kg per month for a family with festival gifts, sarees dhotis sweets etc. For public school students, free bicycles laptops etc. Usual hostel facilities for poor apart from scholarship for merit, self finance available for professional courses, and on completion job awaits at the university entrance, employers call on them, see how much gold slips into lndia, Colombo being the transit! 4 g gold given free for a poor bride waiting in, for marriage! Inspite of screening why Tamils long for travelling to and fro to the other shore, see the other news, the illegal boat service run in the Palk strait!
Lobo Sunday, 30 September 2012 06:44 AM
Whats the use of bicycles, laptops, sarees etc....give them toilets!
lal Sunday, 30 September 2012 09:15 AM
Make India pay compensation to Sri Lanka for providing training camps and weapons for genocidal Tamil Tigers. The damage done to Sri Lanka exceeds $50 billionn. Tamils suffer more than Sinhalese because of India. Pay in dollars and not with inferior Indian made goods.
Nesan Shankar Raji Saturday, 29 September 2012 12:05 PM
I think the trend of Sri Lankan Tamils leaving their homelands for economic interests must be curtailed somehow... Equally what doesn't help is the lack of employment opportunities and over inflated prices for basic commodities in Sri Lanka. The Government hasn't done anything to address this problem. India ought to also make arrangements for the return of refugee's in Tamil Nadu camps such as Rameshwaram back to Sri Lanka and grant them some form of resettlement assistance i.e. Housing etc...
Public Abilik Saturday, 29 September 2012 01:44 PM
What? Jayalalitha didn't come charging in to rescue them?
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