India’s Mandapam marine police has arrested a Panchayat Ward Councillor and two others on charges of attempting to smuggle fertiliser to Sri Lanka today (28).
Police said the fertiliser was stashed in at least 30 jerrycans, each weighing about 20kg, that were loaded in a country boat at Mandapam.
Preliminary inquiries revealed that the three, including the boatman, had planned to sail to an undisclosed point and hand the fertiliser over to a contact in Sri Lanka.
The fertiliser was seized and samples were sent for a scientific examination.
Police said the call records of their mobile phones were being analysed.