A total of 11 Sri Lankans have been arrested in Kerala, India for allegedly planning to leave for Canada in a fishing boat.
Indian media reported that Police arrested 11 Sri Lankans from a hotel in Kollam in South Kerala on a tip-off from Tamil Nadu that the two was planning to illegally leave for Canada in a boat.
Police said two Sri Lankan nationals, who reached Tamil Nadu on tourist visa last week, were found to be missing and Q Branch (a CID wing) followed their phone signals and located them in Kollam and alerted its counterparts.
Following a raid, Police had arrested 11 people, including two missing from Tamil Nadu.
Those arrested have told the Kerala Police that nine people entered India as refugees and lodged in a rehabilitation centre in Ramanathapuram in Southern Tamil Nadu.
During interrogation they reportedly told Police that they gave 250,000 Indian rupees each to an agent called in Colombo so as to ensure their trip to Canada by a shipping boat from the southern coast of India.
A team of Tamil Nadu Q Branch also arrived in the state to question them. “More arrests are likely because those arrested got some local help. We have some leads on this,” said Kollam police commissioner Merin Joseph.
Police suspect that they took the Kerala coast after heightened vigil along the Tamil Nadu coast after the economic crisis in Sri Lanka.