The case related to the detention of 38 Sri Lankan nationals last month for staying illegally in the country has been handed over to the National Investigating Agency (NIA) said Mangaluru Police Commissioner Shashi Kumar. “In June we registered the case. Human trafficking angle was also found in the case. All the arrested individuals have been produced before the court. We have been asked to hand over the case to National Investigating Agency by MHA,” said Shashi Kumar.
Police in Mangaluru on Friday detained 38 Sri Lankan nationals for illegally entering India from three different locations in the city. According to senior police officers, these accused had first entered India using the sea route in neighbouring Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi and later moved to Mangaluru via Bengaluru. “According to intelligence inputs, we were told that 38 Sri Lankan nationals had entered India sometime in March and they shifted to Mangaluru via Bengaluru sometime in last month,” Mangaluru City Police Commissioner N Sashi Kumar told TNM.
Acting on intelligence provided by Tamil Nadu police, Mangaluru police took action. The Commissioner added that another seven Indian nationals have been arrested for helping these Sri Lankan nationals. All the accused have been booked under relevant sections of the Human Trafficking, Passport Act, Foreigners Act and cheating under the Indian Penal Code.