|Rs 400 M found in suspect human smuggler’s accounts|
Police investigations have traced Rs 400 million deposited in the bank accounts of a key suspect, believed to be the mastermind behind the spree of boat people setting sail to Australia. The suspect, a prominent businessman of Trincomalee, was earlier arrested in the East and is currently being held under detention orders.
The suspect is alleged to be the mastermind of a multi-million rupee human smuggling racket and is believed to have sent several boat loads of people to Australia. According to the police, illegal migrants were asked to pay Rs 200,000 as down payment and another Rs 800,000 when they board the boat to Australia.
Thirty one suspects have been arrested by the CID. The Department has obtained detention orders against 27 suspects and has filed applications in the Court, seeking detention orders against four other suspects. The CID has also sought the permission of the Court to investigate the bank accounts of suspects.