The refugees, Sathyaseelam, his wife Parameswari, their daughters Viduthalaiselvi, Mary and Anajalidevi, belonged to a village in Trincomalle and stayed in a refugee camp here from 1999 to 2010, police added.

Sri Lankan family told the police that they had to return to India as the living condition in Sri Lanka was not good and they had not been provided with even a house.

Police said they paid Rs 25,000 each for being ferried to India.

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