More than150 Sri Lankan refugees, including 19 women and 22 children have been detained from a boat near the Kerala coast in Tamil Nadu.
The police say they paid between 100,000 – 500,000 rupees to an agent who promised to take them to Australia but brought them to India instead allegedly for trafficking.
The agent is now absconding along with the boat's driver and a helper.
All of the refugees were staying at a camp in Tamil Nadu.
A few of them belong to the Jaffna region.