Three Lankans held with fake passports in India
During surprise checks at lodges in Valasaravakkam, Police on Tuesday
caught three Sri Lankans with fake passports.
They revealed during interrogation that they were about to fly to
France with the help of two agents who also helped them get the fake
passports, police officers said.
Police arrested the trio and nabbed the agents, Srinivasalu of Andhra
Pradesh and Prabhakar of Trichy.
During a check at a lodge on Arcot Road, Police found Dharmaseelan,
39, Balakumar, 28, and Ribinius Duke, 27, had checked into one of the
"When we questioned them, they revealed that they were waiting to
meet the agents and had been staying at the lodge for a few days,"
Assistant Commissioner of Police M Chandrasekar said. "We set a trap for
the agents by getting the Sri Lankan nationals to call them to the
The agents revealed that they obtained the passports from the Madurai
passport office and replaced the photographs and details on them. They
had faked passports for 10 people earlier, an investigating officer
said. "The agents helped the 10 people travel to France and Canada," the
officer said. "Many of their customers went abroad looking for jobs but
ended up behind bars."
The agents also procured fake voter ID cards and driving licences.
Police intensified checks in lodges and mansions in the neighbourhood
after they arrested the Sri Lankans.
The case is likely to be handed over to the 'Q' branch Police for