India’s Ramanathapuram district unit of Organised Crime Intelligence (OCI) arrested a Sri Lankan Tamil, who was a members of the now-defunct People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE), when he attempted to smuggle 500 gm of heroin near Kothandaramar temple in Danushkodi.
Acting on a tip-off, two teams from the unit detained him when he was waiting at the shore to hand over the contraband to a boatman to smuggle it to Sri Lanka, The Hindu newspaper reported.
The police identified the accused as T. Gowri Balan (43) of Paranthan in Kilinochchi. He had received the drug from a smuggler in Bangalore early this month and reached Danushkodi before staying at Avanathankottai near Aranthangi for a week.
Balan who arrived at Madurai by flight from Colombo on May 24 was helped by a local Tamil to stay in the Avanathankottai village.
Acting on the directions of Sivadoss and Baskaran, drug traffickers in Sri Lanka, he went to Bangalore and collected the contraband from a smuggler from Mumbai.
Balan, who was overstaying after his visa expired on June 29, told the police that he was engaged by the smugglers for a payment of Rs. 1.5 lakh.
Interrogation revealed that he had served 10 years in a Sri Lankan jail after arrested for drug trafficking. The seized drug was worth Rs. 50 lakh in the international market.