70 people sailed from Munambam in 2013, confirms police
Kochi: The suspected human trafficking in Munamabam here on January 12 uncovered similar incidents that occurred in previous years. Police confirmed that 70 people have migrated to Christmas Island in Australia from Munambam coast in 2013.
Prabhu Dandapani, an accused who was arrested in connection with the human trafficking revealed it in his statement to the police. A similar case of suspected human trafficking incident that took place five years ago came into light with the statement.
Police arrested Prabhu Dandapani from Ambedkar colony in Delhi. It is reported that Prabhu also planned to set off to Australia in the boat. But he was forced to abort the trip as he failed to settle the amount to the agents. His wife and children were in the boat which started to Australia.
In his statement, he asserted that he had migrated to Australia from Munamabam in 2013 and worked there for 2 and half years. Police recovered his temporary Australian passport and documents which proved his journey from his house at Delhi. The Australian authority issued a temporary passport to him in order to send him back to India after he got arrested.
However, more human trafficking incidents from Munambam is a new information to police. It is reviewed as a failure of Intelligence wing.
Meanwhile, it is reported that the team set off from Munamabam in a fishing boat is heading towards New Zealand. Police have been holding talks with New Zealand and Australian officials to send them back to India.