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An attempt by a group of 24 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees to escape to Australia clandestinely from India by a ferry has been foiled by the “Q Branch” police.

The police have secured Nagalingam, Krishnaraj and Robin, the inmates of the Vriddhachalam camp, and booked them under Section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code.

Nithy of Tiruchi, who masterminded the move, is absconding. Police sources told The Hindu that the refugees, including six women, nine children, drawn from various parts of the State such as Gummidipoondi, Tirupur, Paramakkudi and Tiruchi, were promised safe passage to Australia.

Each of them was charged fees ranging from Rs. 5,000 to Rs 25,000. While Nithy was making arrangements for their travel, the three inmates of the Vriddhachalam camp were colluding with him in the covert operation. The refugees were brought to Konankuppam at Mangalampettai post on the Vriddhachalam–Udumalpet road two days ago and accommodated in the cottages of a church. However, when they extended their stay for two more days, caretakers of the church grew suspicious and alerted the “Q Branch.” The 24 refugees were sent back to their respective camps.

(The Hindu)

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  • Damith Fernando Thursday, 16 June 2011 04:11 AM

    Another example of the bogus claims of genocide by pro-LTTE factions. I guess. Since they were trying to leave India whats their claim now, 'genocide committed in India ' ?.

    Sam Thursday, 16 June 2011 04:31 AM

    There are so many well educated Tamils. its sad that they choose to migrate rather than serving their own people. its difficult to find tamil speaking professionals to educate tamils.

    Ramesh Wednesday, 15 June 2011 10:24 AM

    Are They are being prosecuted in India since they want to leave India?.... Or is it becoz they are economic refugees?

    channa Wednesday, 15 June 2011 11:22 AM

    This all shows that these are Economic Refugees....Who want to get into developed country using India....Why else do they want to leave India...

    kenny_fdo Wednesday, 15 June 2011 11:54 AM

    arey gathi naaarey .

    Fanam Thursday, 16 June 2011 07:18 AM

    Channel 4, there is a news for you here... change this against Sri Lanka and make some more contreversy.

    ampare son Wednesday, 15 June 2011 01:06 PM

    If someone want to go any country follow legalway. please educate them.

    mad patriot Wednesday, 15 June 2011 01:23 PM

    In srilanka tamils are very uneduated doing menial jobs such as sweeping roads and celaniing toilets and begging we shoud eliminate this race


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