Polish national attempts to illegally enter India from SL

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The Indian Central intelligence agencies have issued alert on possible intrusion of Chinese nationals from Sri Lanka arriving in boats to South India, Indian media reported yesterday (26).

According to Hindu, the Central intelligence alerted on unconfirmed reports that six Chinese nationals from
Sri Lanka had entered India with the support of Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP).

Ceylon Today when queried from the Minister of Fisheries who is the Leader of EPDP, Douglas Devananda, he said he was unaware of the news and only through the media he learnt that this has taken place. He denied allegation of EPDP’s involvement.

It is also reported the before the Chinese had alleged to have left the shores of Sri Lanka, a Polish national Matuszewski Wladyslaw Francisze, 40, who had overstayed in Sri Lanka had left for Tamil Nadu in an inflatable kayak, reportedly from the northern part of Sri Lanka which is the closest sea route to Tamil Nadu.

Sri Lanka Navy did not respond on how these foreigners left the shores of  Sri Lanka illegally on boats.  The Hindu quoted that the Coastal security agencies have arrested the Polish national who illegally entered Tamil Nadu by boat. Separately, central intelligence agencies have issued an alert on the possible intrusion of a few Chinese nationals into India by taking the sea route.

According to police sources, the Polish national had gone to Sri Lanka as a tourist in 2019 and reportedly overstayed. He was arrested by the police on Sunday hours after he landed near Point Calimere in the Nagapattinam District of Tamil Nadu, in a rubber dinghy and went into hiding. Preliminary inquiries revealed he was involved in a criminal offence in Sri Lanka and was arrested but was out on bail. Matuszewski frantically had searched for an ATM during night hours. He reportedly wanted to withdraw cash to travel to Chennai. The Polish national, after arrest, was interrogated at the Vedaranyam town police station. He had cooperated well with the investigation and sought assistance from the Embassy of Poland, police sources said.

The Marine Police were working with their local counterparts in conducting combing operations at vulnerable locations along the coast. Members of the Village Vigilance Committee were told to immediately alert the CSG Control Room in case they saw or heard of any unusual activity along the coastline. The fishing community was also alerted to keep the coastal security agencies informed if they had information  

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan