The ‘Q’ branch police has begun a headcount of Sri Lankan refugees at various camps in TN, after 151 persons, most of them refugees, were caught by Kerala police when they were about to be trafficked to Australia in a fishing boat from the Kollam coast on Sunday.
A roll call at the refugee camp in Perumalpuram near Kanyakumari revealed that five men were missing. They were identified as Dinesh Rajan (26), Mahendran (48), Padmanabhan (36), Ramki (23) and Baskaran (40). From the Mandapam camp, 40 people are suspected to be missing. While 32 obtained ‘leave’ citing some reason to be out of the camp, the rest are suspected to have given the slip surreptitiously.