Former LTTE weapons expert arrested in India

Thirteen agents – 12 of them Sri Lankan Tamilian refugees – who lured 84 gullible of their ilk for a boat ride to Australia from India for a better life, are now cooling their heels behind bars.

The agents include Thavarassa, 46, of Okkaveelbeed, Tulkai in Sri Lanka. A former LTTE soldier, who by very admission of city police officials in Mangalore, has more knowledge about fire arms and rocket launchers than most policemen put together.

The other accused are: C Dinesh Kumar, 27, CR Camp in Paramathiveloor taluk in Nammakal district; Rajeev Gandhi alias Kandan, 28, CR Camp in Alamkundi taluk in Pudukkottai district; Maria Jamsan, 22, Valayapet in Vellore district; Shivakumar, 28, SLR Camp in Thirumangalam taluk in Madurai district; S Ravichandran, 30, SLR camp Thirumangalam district; Mahendran, 41, Kumbdipundi post in Thiruvalluvar district; S Suresh, 26, Thoppukkollai camp in Pudukkottai; Mariya Siran, 33, Alangudi taluk in Pudukkottai; Siraj, 37, SICO Housing unit, Coimbatore post; Yakoob, 40, of Kuniyamuthur of Coimbatore; and Saleem, Gramini Street, Valajapet in Vellore district in TN.

Shahjahan, 33, Koyyamarkad of Kanjikod post, Palakkad district is the lone Indian among the 13 arrested agents.Pratap Reddy, in-charge city police chief, said a case has been booked against the accused under Sections 120 B read with Section 420 of Indian Penal Code, along with Section 14 of Foreigners Act and paragraph 5 of Foreigners Order in Mangalore North (Bunder) police station. Police are mapping the activities of each of these 13 agents and their exact role in facilitating the trafficking of these Sri Lankan Tamilian refugees to Australia. (TOI)