TIRUCHY: The airport police arrested one Kumaraguru at the Tiruchy international airport on charges of possessing a fake passport here on Sunday. He was about to board a Kuala Lumpur-bound Malindo Air flight. Investigations revealed that he had plans to flee to Switzerland via Kuala Lumpur.
According to police, A Kumaraguru (39), of Allarai North, Kodikamam village of Jaffna in Sri Lanka and G Thirumurugan (30) of Ramanathapuram and S Mubarak (Ali (36) of Chennai were detained by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) during their routine vehicle check up on the premises of Tiruchy International Airport after they grew suspicious over the activities of the trio. Interrogations by the immigration officials at the airport confirmed that the passport possessed by Kumaraguru was a fake one bearing the name of A Arockiadass, Vaippari near Thiruvadanai in Ramanathapuram district. It came to light that Thirumurugan, an advocate and member of a Tamil outfit had approached Mubarak Ali who arranged a fake passport for him. Subsequently, all three were handed over to the personnel at airport police station.
Kumaraguru and Thirumurugan were arrested by the airport police under Sections 466, 468, 471, 109 of IPC and 12(1)(a) of the Passport Act and 12(1)(K) and 14 of the Foreign Act. Investigations are on with Mubarak Ali. Meanwhile, unconfirmed sources said that A Kumaraguru, a Sri Lankan national, had reportedly been a former militant of the LTTE and had lost his left leg during the ethnic war with the Sri Lankan army. He had managed to escape from Jaffna with his wife and arrived in Chennai on July 21, 2014.
A leader of a Tamil outfit reportedly arranged a room for Kumaraguru and his wife at his party office at Mullai Street in Choolaimedu in Chennai. Later, the leader arranged a separate rented house for Kumaraguru at Ekkaduthangal in Chennai. Meanwhile, at Kumaraguru’s request, Thirumurugan, who was known to the Tamil outfit leader, arranged for a fake passport, since the former did not have any documents to apply for the s ame, police added.
The police reportedly recovered the copy of a letter written by Kumaraguru to the High Commissioner of Switzerland requesting him to accept him as a refugee.