The Kollam police had detained 32 Sri Lankan nationals, including two minors and a pregnant woman, on September 6.
A Sri Lankan Tamil couple with disabilities and their two children reached Cherakottai shores near Dhanushkodi seeking refuge on Monday.
MP Ravikumar and minister Masthan visited the refugee camp at Keezhputhupattu village in Marakkanam for the inaugural ceremony of the construction of 440 free houses for the refugees.
A single mother of two was forced to sell her priceless house in Sri Lanka to pay 65,000 SL rupees for the family’s journey to India.
Jones said the Sri Lankan nationals are trying to enter Australia in fishing boats which are not seaworthy. “It takes around 21 days to reach Australia from Sri Lanka,” he said.
Besides the economic situation at home, relatives who had migrated to the Western nations illegally earlier using the ruse of political asylum lure them to take extreme risks.
They were rescued by the Marine police and coastal security officials and shifted to Mandapam refugee camp.
Collector Amar Kushwaha laid the foundation stone on Sunday for the construction of 76 houses for Sri Lankan Tamils near Ambur.
The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Friday helped her realise her dream by allowing a petition filed by Nalini seeking issuance of a passport to her.
This led to senior officials from various law enforcement agencies visiting the area and investigating what they suspect as an ‘illegal foreign entry’.
The court was hearing a PIL filed against the State government's decision to set up a Sri Lankan refugee camp on a land that was previously earmarked for a bus stand at Thoranakkalpatti in Karur.
Sources said the duo which attacked the group advised the revenue inspector not to issue Sri Lankan Refugee Identity Cards for them.
Justice D Krishnakumar, who heard the plea this week, issued notice to the authorities concerned and adjourned the case for two months.
As Sri Lanka reels under its worst economic crisis, 19 more Lankan Tamils, six of them children, arrived in Dhanushkodi in two batches on Sunday.
The prime suspects have been identified as D Bharathidasan (42) and P Suresh (40), residents of Arukatuthurai in Vedaranyam block.
Investigation revealed that they were Sri Lankan Tamils and have illegally entered the nation without proper documents seeking refuge.
More than 350 beat teams have been deployed for round-the-clock surveillance
Sixteen Lankan Tamils, including nine children, entered the country in two groups through Dhanushkodi on Tuesday, seeking refuge due to the economic crisis in the island nation.
The refugees on Tuesday said they were hit by loss of jobs and steep hike in prices of essential commodities because of the economic crisis in Sri Lanka.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe made the comments during a visit to Australia in which he discussed with his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull co-operation on combating people smuggling.