61 Sri Lankans arrested in Madurai, India
In a joint operation, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu Police on Friday arrested 61 Sri Lankan nationals who were found living illegally in the two states. Eleven others were also arrested for helping the Sri Lankans with their stay.
While 38 Sri Lankans were arrested from Mangaluru in Karnataka, 23 were held from Madurai in Tamil Nadu. Besides them, seven and four agents, were arrested from the two places, respectively.
According to Karnataka Police, the Sri Lankan nationals had entered India through the sea around March. After staying in Madurai for a while, some of them moved to Bengaluru and then to Mangaluru, they added.
Mangaluru city police commissioner N Sashi Kumar said the arrests were made based on a tip-off from Tamil Nadu Police.
“We have also arrested seven Indian nationals who were helping these Sri Lankan nationals. All the accused have been booked under relevant sections,” he said.
Tamil Nadu police are yet to ascertain the nationality of the agents arrested.