The officials had arrived with the purpose of confirming that the apprehended Sri Lankans were listed in the refugee camps in Tamil Nadu and had no links with any militant groups. Once the Q Branch officials checked the records and confirmed that the persons had no extremist links, they were taken to the judicial court and remanded in custody for 14 days. Officers from the internal security wing of the Tamil Nadu Police Q Branch were investigating the arrest of 10 Sri Lankan refugees in India, the Express News Service reported.Aluva East police station SI P A Faisal said that the Q Branch officials had come to the Kerala state on the basis of the report filed by the Kerala Police. The police said that the agent Ramesh, through whom the arrested persons had arrived here, has still not been traced.Tamil Nadu police officials said that there were prior instances in which Sri Lankan refugees had managed to illegally migrate to Australia where they were given jobs after their period of imprisonment and surveillance was over. This has become a systematic operation for a large number of refugees, who usually take the sea route to Australia from one of the coastal towns of India. If they are not apprehended within Indian territorial waters, the refugees, upon landing on Australian soil, surrender before the police there, officials said.Following the instructions of the shady agents who arrange the trips for them, the refugees serve their term in the Australian prison and then make it through the surveillance period too.After that, if they get a clean chit, the Australian authorities recommend them for jobs .
A Kent Police spokesman said the force had received a number of reports about the suspicious activity in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.It is reported the scammer then tries to claim money to get rid of the infestation and for other unnecessary work.On one occasion the man is reported to have produced a dead squirrel and demanded £300 from the homeowner.The victim later got their roof inspected by a reputable company which verified there had been no infestation or damage which could have been caused by squirrels.Sergeant Andy Miller said: “This man targets people by cold calling and demanding cash up front. Work then carried out is either minimal, or nothing has been done at all.”We are continuing to investigate a number of complaints related to these incidents and our advice remains the same for anyone dealing with cold callers.”Do not deal with people who knock on your door offering work on your home or garden and if you have any concerns about their behaviour call the police.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A dead squirrel is being used by fraudsters as a decoy to scam residents out of hundreds of pounds.Police in Kent are hunting doorknockers offering roof repairs after several homeowners reported suspicious activity.Rogue traders would offer to inspect victims’ roofs then claim there was an infestation of squirrels which were causing the damage.They would then produce the dead animal to the unsuspecting resident as evidence for the sham infestation. The dead squirrel scam in Kent is one of the more bizarre I’ve heard of in recent years!— Antony Thrower (@AntonyThrower86) May 8, 2017