The Pondichery DMK municipal Councillor Sakthivel and Puducherry Periyar Dravida Kazhagan President Logu Ayyappan are among four persons arrested for attempting to illegally transport Sri Lankan refugees from Pondy coast to Australia.
The other two were Jeeva and Kannan who served as transporters. According to Pondichery Police headquarters, the Crime and Intelligence Department had received information of a plan to transport Sri Lankans refugees outside the country from the Thengaitittu harbour on October 4th However, having heard that the Police had been alerted the plan was aborted and the Sri Lankans were asked to return. Several items such as rice and other rations stored in the boat were dumped into the sea and the boat was abandoned near the Karaikal coast. The Police seized the abandoned.