Acting on the directive of Superintendent of Police N. Manivannan, a special team, led by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) S. Sarvesh Raj, detained the second year students of a private engineering college near Ramanathapuram and seized the suspected contraband.
The students, who hailed from Nagapattinam, were residing at the coastal Thamaraikulam area near Uchipulli for the purpose of attending college. They were in possession of the contraband, brought by the father of one of the students, when the special team, acting on a tip-off, detained them.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a fisherman from Nagapattinam, Sekar, had brought the suspected contraband to Thamaraikulam, allegedly for smuggling it to Sri Lanka via the sea route. After the police detained the students, Sekar absconded, the police added.
Mr. Manivannan said a special team, led by Mr. Sarvesh Raj, had been formed to arrest the main suspect. A sample of the suspected contraband had been sent to a laboratory for testing, he said. (Colombo Gazette)