A Sri Lankan Tamil refugee was rescued by police from the third sand dune off Dhanushkodi coast near here early this morning after he was dropped there by Lankan fishermen, police said.
They said the 33-year-old man, Shivakumar, from Aralipatti in Jaffna had paid Rs.40000 to the fishermen to ferry him to Rameswaram. But he was dropped at the third sand dune yesterday. Police rescued him after local fishermen informed them about the stranded refugee,the sources said.
Meanwhile, 16 Tamil refugees, who were suspected to be militants and sent to special refugee camp at Chengalpattu, returned to Mandapam camp near here today after a police verification confirmed them to be civilians,the sources added.