Sri Lankan national held for illegally entering India

A 42-year-old Sri Lankan Tamil was arrested at the Mandapam refugee camp in Rameswaram today, on charges of unlawful entry into India, the Press Trust of India quoted the police as saying.

Hailing from Thalaimannar, Anthony Doss had clandestinely arrived at Arichal Munai near in Rameswaram in a boat along with one Kutti, on February 9, they said.

The boat abandoned by the duo at Arichalmunai was seized by police on February 9. Anthony, who was found hiding in the Mandapam refugee camp told the police that he came looking for his daughter, who was staying at the refugee camp in Salem, about 375 kms from Rameswaram.

Cases have been registered against him under section 14 of the Foreigners Act for not possessing valid documents and Passport (Entry into India) Rules, 1950. A search is on for his friend Kutti, who is still absconding, police said adding Anthony was remanded to judicial custody. (Colombo Gazette)

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