NIA charges 6 for organized international human trafficking

The victims were lured on the pretext of getting jobs in Canada, but were instead forcefully confined in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

A charge sheet against six men who were accused of an organized international trafficking was filed by the National Investigation Agency on Tuesday.

The accused Dhinakaran Ayya, Kasi Viswanathan, Rasool, Saddam Hussain, Abdul Muheetu and Socrates were all residents of Tamil Nadu. They were charged under sections 343, 344, 370(3) and 120B of the Indian Penal Code(IPC) for their alleged connection in the organised international trafficking racket across India-Sri Lanka maritime boundary.

A ploy was set to make the trafficking successful. They lured Sri Lankan nationals on the guise that they will be emigrated to Canada but ultimately confined them in different parts of India, attempting to keep them away from the public gaze.

The case was originally registered in June at Mangaluru South Police Station against 25 Sri Lankans, because it was found that Sri Lankans were staying illegally, without any valid documents in India. Amidst the subsequent raids, 13 more Sri Lankans were apprehended.

According to the charge sheet, the six accused were only a small part of a larger human trafficking ring that had trafficked and confined victims at various places in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

The victims were kept without any contact with their family members with hopes that they were on a ship going to Canada, confirmed NIA.

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