Human trafficking: Boat halts at Java island due to fuel shortage
Kodungallur: In the suspected human trafficking from Munambam, new reports hinted that the boat has sailed to Indonesia and has halted at the islands of Java in Indonesia. Sources revealed that the boat, which has 230 people on board, is in the island due to fuel shortage.
Meanwhile, police have been trying to trace the family members of the people in the boat. Family of the people are under scanner of the investigation agencies in order to confirm whether they are having any contact.
The investigation agencies believe that the people in custody and some agents who are under scanner have direct links in the suspected human trafficking.
At the same time, the probe officials suspect that this might not be the first human trafficking from Munambam which took place evading the security agencies.
The team including Sreekanthan and Selavan visited Munambam, Malyankara and Kodungallur during November and December ahead of the human trafficking. They found a safe spot to take the people into the boat by travelling through the coastal areas.
It is reported that they pretended as fishermen while sailing from Munambam. Hence, they successfully escaped from coast guard and other security forces till they crossed the maritime borders of India.
Every fishing boat from a state have same colour. Fishing boats in the sea are identified by the colour. As over 100 boats are sailing on the sea, it is not practical for the coast guard to inspect each boat.