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May 01, 2009 at 08:45am IST

Sri Lankan Tamils rescued off Andhra coast

East Godavari (Andhra Pradesh): A group of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees touched the Indian shores when the dinghy boat in which they had set sail, was rescued from the high seas, off the Uppada in East Godavari district of southern Andhra Pradesh on Thursday.

The boat with 10 refugees in an unconscious state was found by local fishermen, who then informed the local police station.

Soon the police arrived on the scene and shifted them to the hospital.

The refugees are very weak due to lack of food and liquid intake.

There are two children out of the 10 refugees and three of the refugees are said to be in a critical condition.

"To escape the attacks of Sri Lankan army all 20 members started in two boats from Sri Lanka. Out of those 20 members 10 members died due to intense hunger. We were drinking only sea water for the past 10 days. We had no food to eat. In Sri Lanka, there are no chances of peace due to the attacks of the LTTE and Sri Lankan army. They (people) are living with fear. Already so many people have died in those attacks," recalled Maria, one of the refugees.

These refugees are being given medical care while further enquiries are in progress to ascertain the actual facts and figures.

"We are providing food and medical treatment to them. Those who are in serious condition, we are shifting them to the Kakinada Civil Hospital. After getting all the details from them we will enquire further. After confirming whether they are telling the truth, we will book a case and take action as per the Indian law," said N Nageshwar Rao, Circle Inspector, Uppada, East Godavari district.

Recently, at the Naval Commanders conference, the Indian Navy Chief had warned that Sri Lankan Tamilians would try to enter Indian territory by sea.