Police sources said that the couple and their two children planned to go to Sri Lanka from Madurai airport in April 2016. However, the immigration officials managed to trace the identity of the couple and informed the ministry of external affairs who conducted a detailed inquiry and finally lodged a police complaint on Thursday.
The arrested couple was identified as K Thiyagarajan, 29, and T Menaka, 27, both hailing from GN Balan Nagar at Neruperichal in Tirupur. The couple has a son and a daughter. Their daughter studies in a private school and stays in a hostel. She got permission from the judicial magistrate court to keep her infant under her care in the jail.
Police said Thiyagarajan and Menaka hailed from Thillaiyadi village in Puttalam district in Sri Lanka. They came to Trichy on tourist visa in 2011 and did not return to Sri Lanka. The couple took a rented house at Udumalpet in Tirupur district and were engaged in cloth business. Later, the couple moved to Chennai where they stayed for one year.
In 2014, the couple had bought a house at GN Balan Nagar in Tirupur and obtained Indian passports by providing fake documents. In April 2016, the couple had gone to Madurai airport where the immigration officials checked the passports and found that they were Sri Lankan nationals and had obtained Indian passports illegally.
The passports were seized and the immigration officials sent the passport to the regional passport office in Coimbatore. The officials requested the Tirupur police to conduct detailed investigation and take action against the couple.
Anupparpalayam police inspector Shanmugam and team conducted investigation and came to know that the couple already obtained ration cards by providing fake documents at Udumalpet. Later, they bought a house and got bank accounts also. Based on the documents, they applied for passports and obtained them last year.
The police registered a case against the couple under Sections 466, 468, 417 and 471 of the Indian Penal Code and Indian Passport Act. The couple were arrested on Thursday and were sent to judicial custody.