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2 Indians held for entering UK in Army truck

July 17, 2008 08:40 IST

Two Indians have been arrested for illegally entering the United Kingdom by hiding in a truck of the British army that returned from Kosovo to its base in Gloucestershire this week.

The two Indians, aged 24 and 26, reportedly hid themselves in the lorry while it was parked at the Calais ferry port in France.

The British government has been coordinating with the French authorities to prevent such incidents in which illegal immigrants undertake the hazardous journey across the channel by hiding in lorries en route to Britain.

A convoy of three lorries was returning from Kosovo to the 29th Regiment Duke of Gloucester Barracks in South Cerney on Tuesday when the incident unfolded.

When the lorries stopped inside the barracks, three immigrants were spotted jumping from under the canvas of one of the vehicles.

"Fortunately there was a squadron on duty and a few burly Fijian soldiers wrestled them to the ground. We knew there was one left so we called a round-up operation," said Capt Giles Cutter.

A further three individuals were apprehended and we had them all lying on the floor with 35 young soldiers surrounding them, he added.

The immigrants were later handed over to the police, which took them to the Stroud Police Station.

"They all seemed very jovial and quite happy. They did not seem concerned they had jumped into an army barracks. How stupid can you be. We have more vehicles coming in from the same operation, another two vehicles today which will be searched," Cutter said.

Besides the two Indians, others arrested were a 16 and 18-year-old from Afghanistan and a 15-year-old from Iran.

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