Sri Lankan human trafficking case: NIA files charge sheet against 6

Pramesh S Jain & Yogesh K Porwar

NIA officials on Tuesday filed Charge-Sheet before the NIA Special Court,Bengaluru, Karnataka,against six accused persons in connection with human trafficking case linked to sri Lanka.

The accused are identified as,Dhinakaran Ayya,Kasi Viswanathan,Rasool,Saddam Hussain, Abdul Muheetu and Socrates,all residents of Tamil Nadu,were charged under sections 343, 344, 370(3) and 120B of IPC for their involvement in the organised international trafficking racket across India- Srilanka maritime boundary by luring Srilankan nationals on the pretext of emigration to Canada and confining them in different places in India.

The case was originally registered at Mangaluru South Police Station,Mangaluru against 25 Sri Lankans,based on the information that the Sri Lankans were staying in a lodge without valid documents.

During the subsequent raids,13 more Sri Lankans were apprehended.

Investigation established that the said 38 Sri Lankans were trafficked to India in four batches during the period from February 2021 to April 2021.

The accused persons,as part of the larger conspiracy with Sri Lankan suspects and accused persons,trafficked and confined the said Sri Lankans at various places in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka without any contact with their family members so as to misguide the latter that their family members were on a ship going to Canada.

All the trafficked 38 Sri Lankans were promised that they would be sent to Canada and were charged from 3.5 to 10 lakhs of Sri Lankan Rupees totalling to about 1.83 crore SriLankan rupees by absconding accused Easan,a Srilankan national and his other associates in Srilanka and India.Further investigation are on says NIA officials.