RAMANATHAPURAM: A 65-year-old Pakistani national, who was staying in Ervadi without proper documents, was arrested on Sunday. The man identified as Mohammed Yunus, from Karachi, was arrested from a lodge.
The arrest comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Rameswaram to inaugurate a memorial for former president late A P J Abdul Kalam on July 27.
According to the police, based on a tip-off that a suspicious man was staying at a lodge, they rushed to the spot and conducted an investigation.
During a probe, the man claimed that his name was Kasim Bai and he had come from Sri Lanka, but during a search the police found currency notes from various countries and proof that he had visited places like Mumbai and Rajasthan.
It further came to light that he was using fake Aadhaar cards with Ervadi and a place in Bihar as addresses. He also did not have a passport with him. Based on the findings, the police informed the Q branch, which identified him as Mohammed Yunus, from Karachi.
Yunus came to Ervadi for smuggling drugs and met dealers in Sri Lanka in April. With the help of those dealers, he came to Tamil Nadu by boat and travelled to Ahmedabad.
Yunus had been staying in Ervadi for around two months and was planning to return to Sri Lanka.
It also came to light that Abdul Aziz (26) and Syed Abudhakir (23) from Erwadi helped Yunus come to India.
The police arrested all the three on Sunday, but no drugs was recovered.
They were then produced before a court in Paramakudi and remanded under judicial custody.
Yunus was taken to the Puzhal Central Prison in Chennai and the other two to Ramanathapuram Jail.
Inquiry is on to find out if the trio are Pakistani spies.
Prime Minister Modi will arrive in Mandapam in a helicopter and will go to Peikarumbu, which is 15 km away, from here.