Mangalore, September 9: Arrangements to send back the refugees who were rescued by Mangalore police on Saturday from a major human trafficking net, were made by the city police on Sunday.
The refugees, most of them hailing from Sri Lanka, besides Indian nationals from Tamil Nadu, left for Chennai today in two buses arranged by the police, after a team of policemen from Tamil Nadu rendered additional help in enquiring more about the identities of the refugees.
“Three policemen from Tamil Nadu led by Inspector Srinivas helped us derive more information from the refugees. From further enquiry, it has been found that of the 84 people rescued, 48 are registered Sri Lankan refugees (42 male, 5 females, and 1 male child), 8 are unregistered Sri Lankan refugees (all males), 21 Indian nationals from Tamil Nadu (7 males, 10 females, 1 male child and 3 female children) and the rest 7 from Karnataka and Kerala. Two buses have been arranged to take the Tamil nationals and Sri Lankan refugees to Chennai, Pratap Reddy, IGP, Western Range, said.
Among the 13 accused, 9 are Sri Lankan refugees, 3 are from Tamil Nadu and 1 hails from Kerala, he said. Police custody for the accused has been sought from the district magistrate, he added.