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Interpol looks for a human smuggler

Mar 31, 2011 6:23:15 AM - itnnews.lk

Interpol has issued an arrest warrant for a British man accused of running the human smuggling network that sent 76 Sri Lankans to Canada aboard a cargo ship in 2009.

According to the Interpol website, Shanmugasundaram Kanthaskaran is wanted by Sri Lankan authorities for “people smuggling, trafficking and illegal immigration” as well as “terrorism.” Classified details of the allegations obtained by the National Post show he is also known as “Peg Leg Shankar,” wanted in connection with the human smuggling vessel Ocean Lady. According to available reports, he organized the Ocean Lady smuggling run with a Canadian named Ravi Shanker. According to the report, Mr. Kanthaskaran was a member of the sea tigers.

The report says that after his leg was amputated following a clash with government forces, he moved to London, where he was allegedly involved in procurement. Using a ship called the Princess Easwary, he smuggled weapons to Sri Lanka from North Korea.