A Sri Lankan national has been detained in Ramanathapuram in India, over his involvement with a fake currency circulation, drug and human trafficking gang.

After rounding up the 10-member gang during the month-long operation, Superintendent of Police N.M. Mylvahanan recommended the detention of the four accused, including a Sri Lankan Tamil, who had acted as masterminds in the case, under the National Security Act, the police said.

They were taken to Madurai Central Prison on Sunday morning, the police added.

The four accused – B. Yasar Arafat (32) from Pamban, M. Munis alias Murugan (27) from Rameswaram, D. Robert (32) from Pamban and Markas alias Siva (30), the Sri Lankan refugee in Adiyanoortu camp in Didigul, had acted as the brains behind the illegal act, posing a threat to national security, the police said.

The gang had been involved in smuggling of ganja and human trafficking, the police said, adding that in the last operation in July, they had smuggled about 36 kg of ganja to Sri Lanka and received in return, fake currencies with a total face value of Rs. 9.5 lakh from Amalan, a Lankan Tamil in Sri Lanka.

Deputy Superintendent of Police K. Maheswari, who led the special team and cracked the case, said that five more accused, including Amalan, were to be arrested. (The Hindu)