Lankan detained in Ramanathapuram without valid documents

A Sri Lankan national was arrested at Erwadi in Ramanathapuram in India for allegedly entering the country without valid documents, the Press Trust of India reported.

Police are maintaining tight vigil in the district in view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to inaugurate the memorial of former President A P J Abdul Kalam at Rameswaram on July 27.

Police, who got suspicious about his movements at Erwadi where he is staying in a lodge, found that he had come about a month ago.

Kasim Bai (60), hailing from Ul Bandal Street in Colombo, was arrested for allegedly entering the country without any valid documents, police said.

He told police that he had come by a regular Air Lanka flight and landed at Tiruchirappalli and that he had lost his passport, they said.

However, police said he was giving contradictory replies to various questions including purpose of his visit, and suspected that he could have come by an illegal ferry.