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Saturday, 18 August 2012 - 14:11
Sri Lankans who attempted to leave for Australia via Kerala deported
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The Kerala police are preparing to deport to Colombo 12 Sri Lankan Tamils recently held at Kollam while trying to illegally sail to Australia for asylum.

The remaining members of the 151-strong group, which included 19 women and 22 children, have been already sent back to their refugee camps in Tamil Nadu.

Asked why these 12 were being deported to Sri Lanka, a source explained that they had arrived by air from Sri Lanka on June 2nd and joined the larger group that had gathered at Kollam from various refugee camps in Tamil Nadu.

This may be the first time in several years that Sri Lankan Tamils landed in India are being deported to Sri Lanka.

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