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Indian human-trafficking busted

The arrests came after a custodial judge in the town issued arrest warrants for 10 people suspected of regularly smuggling illegal immigrants across to Britain, the court reported on Wednesday.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2006 16:44 IST

A suspected gang of human traffickers from India was arrested by Belgian police, a court in the town of Dendermonde reported.

The arrests came after a custodial judge in the town issued arrest warrants for 10 people suspected of regularly smuggling illegal immigrants across to Britain, the court reported on Wednesday.

No further details were made available about the arrests.

The would-be immigrants from India, Pakistan and Afghanistan had to pay up to 6,000 euros ($7,130 dollars) for the journey. They were packed into lorries in car parks along Belgium's motorways.

"The gang transported several dozen people to Britain practically every day," a judicial spokesman said.

First Published: Feb 16, 2006 16:44 IST