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‘Missing’ Boat of Over 100 Indian Migrants Possibly Headed to New Zealand: Cops

Over 100 Indian migrants may be heading towards New Zealand in a fishing boat, said Indian police on Monday.

Police officers told that the boat left Munambam harbour in Kerala on January 12 and is carrying people from the Indian capital New Delhi and Tamil Nadu.

According to both police officers, Prabhu Dhandapani, a New Delhi resident was arrested in connection with the investigation told that the boat was heading to New Zealand.

The people onboard includes women and children as well.

Officers, VG Ravindran said that the police have recovered over 70 bags left behind by the migrants, and about 20 identification documents as well.

“The bags are full of dry goods and clothes, suggesting they were preparing for a long journey,” officer MJ Sojan said.

At Immigration New Zealand (INZ), the assistant general manager Stephen Vaughan  said, “While reports of these types of ventures are concerning, the message to anyone contemplating such a journey is simple: Any attempt to reach New Zealand will put your life, and the lives of your family members, at great risk.”

He further sated that the laws  of the country allow up to six months of detention for those who are part of a mass arrival and  can be extended for up to 28 days at a time.

(Harleen Sandhu)

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