Over 150 Sri Lankan refugees have been detained from a boat near the Kollam coast in Kerala, CNN Ibn reported.
The refugees include 19 women and 22 children and are said to be from a refugee camp in Tamil Nadu.
The police say they paid between Indian Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh to an agent who promised to take them to Australia but brought them to India instead allegedly for trafficking.
The agent is now absconding along with the boat’s driver and a helper. All of the refugees were staying at a camp in Tamil Nadu. A few of them are from Jaffna region, CNN Ibn reported.