LTTE suspect held with fake passport at Pune airport

12Pune-airportA Sri Lankan national, with suspected links with the LTTE in the past, was arrested at the Pune Airport for possessing a fake passport and visa documents on Thursday morning, the Indian Express reported today.

Police have identified the suspect as Marimuthu Raju, alias Suthan Suppiah, a native of Thirunelveli , a town in Jaffna district, Sri Lanka. The immigration authorities detained him for inquiry as his documents were found to be suspicious and then, handed him over to Vimantal police station.

Police said he had come to Pune from Chennai with a Sri Lankan passport on a tourist visa. He resided at Ashtalakshmi Nagar, Valasaravakkam, Chennai, where he did some odd jobs. Police said he came to Pune by train on August 30, 2016 and had plans to go to Germany in search of a new job, but was detained with fake documents, before he could board the Lufthansa flight.

During interrogations, police probe revealed that Suthan had worked with the LTTE. Police said he left the LTTE in 2005 and started working with Denis Mining group. Then, he took up contractual work in Jaffna till 2010.

During interrogation, Suthan reportedly told the police that he passed Class XI from Songunda Hindu College in Jaffna in 2000. Later, he also completed a mechanic’s course and electric wing course in Kokuvil Technical College Jaffna in 2003. After this, he is suspected to have joined the LTTE, where he worked as a camp sentry and procured arms training. Police added Suthan went to Dubai in August 2010 to work in a super market owned by a Sri Lankan. He worked at this place till December 2014. He was getting a salary of 1,500 dhiram, which he found less and so he returned to Jaffna in June 2015. After, this he came to India, said police.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (zone IV) Kalpana Baravkar said that a meeting is on to discuss further action in this case. Meanwhile, police suspect Suthan procured fake Indian passport through agents linked to racketeers providing fake documents to Sri Lankans in Chennai. (Colombo Gazette)