The ‘Q’ Branch Police, on Sunday, arrested five persons on charges of making an offer to illegally transport Sri Lankan Tamil refugees to Australia through boats. According to sources, the Q branch arrested five from the city, while search is on for others.They were remanded to custody.

The gang had approached several refugees lodged in Tiruvallur, Erode and Tiruchi and collected money from them. However, as the refugees were not taken to Australia, they grew suspicious and alerted the police.

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