Four Sri Lankan refugees detained with coral reefs

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The seized coral reef and the arrested refugees were handed over to the Forest Department for further action. The arrested refugees were; S. Selvakumar (28), S. Anandaraja (48), I. Parthiban (20) and C. Diwakaran (21). Coral reefs weighing about 20 kg were seized from four Sri Lankan refugees by the Q Branch police in the Kanyakumari district in Tamil Nadu, India.The Hindu newspaper quoted police sources as saying that the coral reefs were seized during the regular raid conducted by the Q branch police in the refugee camp at Kozhiporvilai near Kaliyakavilai. The refugees reportedly confessed to the police that they brought the coral reef banned under the Schedule I of the Wildlife Act from Vizhinjam Fishing Harbour in Kerala for using them in fish tanks.

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