Four Sri Lankans arrive in Tamil Nadu on illegal vessel

Four more people from Sri Lanka landed in Indian waters on an illegal vessel in the wee hours of Saturday, owing to the economic crisis in the island nation.

After surveillance teams from the Central and State agencies alerted the Marine Police, the four foreign nationals were taken for interrogation.

According to police, Jayamalini, 50, wife of Somasundaram of Trincomalee district in Sri Lanka, said there were no jobs and survival had become difficult. Prices were too high, she said, adding that they decided to hire a vessel and reach Mandapam in Tamil Nadu. Along with her two sons– S. Pathurjan, 26, and S. Hamsikan, 22– and daughter S. Padushika, 19, she boarded a vessel and reached Tamil Nadu around 4 a.m.

A senior officer, who questioned them, said they had registered themselves as inmates at the Mandapam Refugee Camp in 2006 and had left for Sri Lanka in 2019. They were handed over to revenue authorities at the Mandapam Rehabilitation Centre, where already about 120 people, including women and children were staying. Last month, an aged woman from Sri Lanka passed away after she was admitted to Government Rajaji Hospital, Madurai.

The Tamil Nadu Government had been providing food and shelter to people who had arrived in Rameswaram. (Courtesy The Hindu)

2 COMMENTS

  1. It is very sad to see missing justice. It goes into the marrow of the bones and make it dissipate. I’m deeply disappointed at seeing the sight of the lawyers, too. A profession I revered as a school boy only to avoid now.
    One has to take extra care of oneself and should not dare much to do good also when the drive to do is forceful.
    I’m much scared of the surged South Asian Cut-throat pandamic.
    Wish you good endeveourence.

  2. Sri Lankan media wouldn’t write a word about people like me. But enjoys publishing stories about Sri Lankan refugees all around the world. I am starting to think that Sri Lankan media is the biggest enemy of the people than corrupt and foolish politicians.

    In 2015, Sri Lankans laughed at me during my speech for the position of Vice Chancellor at the University of Colombo. I gave a speech on how I intend to raise the standard of Colombo University by collaborating with the National University of Singapore (NUS). During my speech they shouted at me ‘this is Sri Lanka not Singapore.’ In 2017, a foreign puppet who didn’t even pass high school sprayed pepper spray into my eyes and robbed my laptop, Australian passport, and smart phone. I have a witness, I identified the culprit and lodged six complaints with the Sri Lankan police, but the police did nothing. Not a single Sri Lankan media reported the incident.

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