The “Q” branch of the Indian Police arrested six Sri Lankan Tamil refugees yesterday on the charge of planning to embark on an illegal boat journey to New Zealand.

The Hindu reported that they were arrested when they had assembled near a school in the city to plan their boat journey.

The arrested persons had been identified as K. Jayaraj (34) and A. Chandrakumar (36) of Sri Lankan camp at Rayanur in Karur district, C. Pradeepan (27), R. Prabu (25) and M. Pradeep (21) of Sri Lankan camp in Kottapattu and S. Sreshwararaja (34) of Irubuthipatti in Karur district, The Hindu said citing sources.