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* India’s NIA to probe arrest of a Sri Lankan woman with fake passport
Sat, Jan 29, 2022, 09:48 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 29, Colombo: India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken over investigation of a case involving the arrest of a Sri Lankan woman with a fake Indian passport, in Chennai.

The officers are also looking into four others who have alleged ties with LTTE and possible funding to expand the activities of Tamil Tigers, the New Indian Express reported.

The five suspects were identified as Letchumanan Mary Franciska, Kenniston Fernando, K Baskaran, Johnson Samuel and L Sellamuthu. Tamilnadu police ‘Q’ branch arrested Letchumanan Mary Franciska in Chennai airport in October 2021.

According to the NIA, the case is related to creating several Indian Passports by submitting forged documents and other Indian identity documents.

The suspects also used those fake documents to withdraw money from Mumbai Fort branch of Indian Overseas Bank, and allegedly used them to further activities of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a terrorist organization proscribed in India.

On January 18, the NIA registered a case under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Passports Act, Foreigners Amendment Act and relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

They have taken up the investigation into the fake passport racket.

 

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