Human trafficking: 80 people sailed to Australia, say police
Kochi: In the suspected human trafficking from Munambam coast, police identified the 80 people who set off to Australia in a fishing boat. Police received the details including photographs of the people. It is assumed that the boat took at least 120 people on board.
Many people were forced to abort the trip as the boat was ill-equipped. Due to weight issue of the boat, they were excluded from the trip and they left their bags on the shores. These bags gave police the hint about suspected human trafficking.
The probe team submitted the FIR before the court as per section 102 of criminal procedure (CrPC). In the FIR, police reported that it is a case of illegal migration not human trafficking.
The boat carried refugees from Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu. Women and infants were also in the boat. Most of them are relatives too.
The report asserted that all of the people wilfully started the journey from Munambam. The people set off from here on a fishing boat named Daya Matha which was purchased from Munambam.
Slight changes were also made in the boat before the journey. The shelves which used to carry ice and fish were removed and was modified to be a hall. Prabhu and Ravi who was arrested in connection with the case revealed it in their statement to police.
Munambam and Vadakkekkara police registered a suo moto case after finding abandoned bags from coastal areas.