The “Q” branch police in India arrested six Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tiruchi on the charge of planning to embark on an illegal boat journey to New Zealand, The Hindu newspaper reported.
They were secured when they assembled near a school in the city to chalk out a plan for the boat journey.
They were identified as K. Jayaraj (34) and A. Chandrakumar (36) of Sri Lankan camp at Rayanur in Karur district, C. Pradeepan (27), R. Prabu (25) and M. Pradeep (21) of Sri Lankan camp in Kottapattu and S. Sreshwararaja (34) of Irubuthipatti in Karur district, sources said.
Jayaraj was said to be the kingpin of the plan. He had collected Indian Rs.1 lakh each for arranging the boat ride, sources added. (Colombo Gazette)