Lankan Tamil refugees held for illegally entering India

Four Sri Lankan Tamil refugees, including a pregnant woman, who arrived off the Dhanushkodi coast in Rameswaram by an illegal ferry service today were arrested, the Press Trust of India reported.

The refugees reached Arichalmunai near Dhanushkodi from Sri Lanka by paying Indian Rs 30,000 as ferry charge, marine police said.The refugees confessed that they had come for medical treatment.

Police said they were arrested under the Passport Act.Investigation is on, they added.

On February 5, an 18-feet long Sri Lankan boat was found abandoned at Kambipaadu off Dhanushkodi coast with police suspecting the arrival of atleast six persons, either smugglers or illegal immigrants, by it. (Colombo Gazette)