Tamil refugees rescued from sandbank in Mannar Sea

[TamilNet, Sunday, 19 June 2005, 01:39 GMT]
Fourteen Tamil refugees including four children returning from Tamilnadu in South India were rescued from a sandbank in the Mannar Sea by Mannar fishermen Friday. The refugees were taken into custody by the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) and handed over to the Talaimannar police Friday evening, sources said.

Talaimannar Police produced these refugees in Mannar Magistrate's Court Saturday morning. They were released by the acting Magistrate and the three boatmen who were transporting them were ordered remand till July 1, legal sources said.

The refugees had left South India Tuesday night in boats owned by Indians. But Indian boatmen left them on a sandbank.

The refugees were natives of Vavuniya and Mannar, sources said.


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