Lankan detained in India over drug trafficking

HandcuffsThe district police in Ramanathapuram, India have detained a Sri Lankan Tamil over his involvement with a fake currency circulation, drug and human trafficking gang.

After rounding up a 10-member gang during the month-long operation, Superintendent of Police N.M. Mylvahanan recommended the detention of the four accused, including the Sri Lankan Tamil, who had acted as masterminds in the case, under the National Security Act (NSA), the police said.

Based on his recommendation, Collector K. Nanthakumar passed the order, according to The Hindu newspaper. Kilakarai Inspector of Police O. Anandan served the order on the accused lodged at the district jail after which they were taken to the Madurai Central Prison, the police added.

The four accused – B. Yasar Arafat (32) from Pamban, M. Munis alias Murugan (27) from Rameswaram, D. Robert (32) from Pamban and Markas alias Siva (30), the Sri Lankan refugee in Adiyanoortu camp in Didigul, had acted as the brains behind the illegal act, posing a threat to national security, the police said.

The gang had been involved in smuggling of ganja and human trafficking, the police said, adding that in the last operation in July, they had smuggled about 36 kg of ganja to Sri Lanka and received in return, fake currencies with a total face value of Rs. 9.5 lakh from Amalan, a Lankan Tamil in Sri Lanka.

Deputy Superintendent of Police K. Maheswari, who led the special team and cracked the case, said that five more accused, including Amalan, were to be arrested.

The police recovered fake currencies with a face value of Rs. 52,000, she said. Three accused who were at large hailed from Thangachimadam and one from Tuticorin, she told The Hindu .

The SP said that the fake currencies were ‘very high quality’ and their origin was yet to be ascertained. Police sources said that the fake currencies had been sent to the Forensic Sciences Department in Chennai for testing.

After the tests, it would be known whether they were printed in Pakistan and routed through Sri Lanka or printed in the island nation itself, the sources said.