Tamil Nadu 'Q' branch sleuths on Thursday night rescued 30 Sri Lankan Tamils at Vandalur while being taken by a gang involved in human trafficking to Mamallapuram from where they were to be transported to an island near Australia.
Acting on a tip, the sleuths intercepted the vehicle carrying the Sri Lankan Tamils, but the gang members managed to flee. Initial inquiries revealed that they were to board a ferry to set sail for Christmas Island where they would be put up before going to Australia.
The refugees, who paid more than 50,000 to 1 lakh each, were asked to return to their camps in different parts of the state.
This is the second such incident in less than one week. A few days ago, police arrested five people said to be involved in human trafficking and rescued 23 Sri Lankan Tamils who were later sent to the refugee camps concerned. (The Times of India)